This Time Together, Laughter and Reflection
by Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett makes me think of my mother. Every Thursday night at 8 PM, we sat down on the couch in the family room and watched the Carol Burnett Show. It was the highlight of our week. Although my mother was a very formal, proper woman, she loved the outrageous comedy of this fearless redhead.
Burnett was a pioneer. As the first woman to have her own variety show, she paved the way for the likes of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Her courage and her insistence that gender was of secondary importance opened doors for future generations and broke down barriers in the entertainment field.
Burnett tells her tale with equal doses of humility and self-mockery. Comical and wise, she regales the reader with anecdotes collected during her long career, including conversations with Marlon Brando and practical jokes with Elizabeth Taylor. From the Broadway stages of New York to the soundstages of Hollywood, Ms. Burnett’s account is unfailingly respectful to all who are featured in her memoir. This is not a juicy tell-all, but rather a lovely reminiscence of an era gone by.
My mother would have loved it.