The Carol Burnett Show ran from 1967 to 1978, and it remains a staple in American television today. Carol Burnett involved plenty of comedic talent to bring her variety show to life. And she’ll forever be remembered for her ear-tugging sign-off at the end of the show.
Betty White knew Burnett quite well — and she noted Burnett deal with her “fair share” of tragedy through the years. Here’s why.
Betty White talked about ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ star Carol Burnett
Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Betty White, Steve Martin, and Carol Burnett on ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
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White is quite familiar with comedy, and she has nothing but good things to say about Burnett. She spoke to the American Masters Podcast about Burnett’s legacy and how the variety show impacted comedy forever.
“Carol Burnett was sort of a Saturday night must,” White explained. “You couldn’t not watch The Carol Burnett Show.” White then explained Burnett called her and asked her to be on the show. And she was elated to have the opportunity.
“Carol’s comedic style is — there’s such a sense of fun in there,” White continued. “You get the feeling that she’s enjoying it maybe just as much, if not more, than you are. And that’s saying something.”
White then noted that it was Lucille Ball with I Love Lucy who paved the way for women in physical comedy. But Burnett also broke the mold. She’d begin her show in beautiful, ornate gowns, and then follow that with physical comedy sketches, like pratfalls or falling out of windows.
White said Burnett had her ‘fair share of tragedy’
Carol Burnett on ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
Burnett’s show was certainly lighthearted, feel-good entertainment. But her real life was anything but easy. Burnett had a difficult childhood growing up, and her adult life was also full of sorrowful moments.
“You were seeing a different Carol,” White noted of Burnett’s later work that took a serious note. “Then, through her later life with the problems she had. The pain — you felt the pain because you loved her. Writing this show with her daughter and then losing her daughter so close.”
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