Carol Burnett was appearing on The Garry Moore Show on television at the same time as she was starring in Once Upon a Mattress. This caused some crazy antics. According to Burnett, the double duty meant she got less than an hour of sleep some nights. During one Broadway performance as Winnifred, who cannot sleep on the mattresses with a pea underneath (spoiler!), Burnett actually fell asleep onstage! She came to when she heard the stage manager yelling: “Carol! WAKE UP!”
Apple TV+ announced that the decorated TV veteran is joining its upcoming series Mrs. American Pie, which is directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and boasts Laura Dern as an executive producer. The star-studded cast, led by Kristen Wiig, also features Allison Janney, Leslie Bibb, Josh Lucas and Ricky Martin.
“He said ‘a recording,’ ” Burnett recalled, laughing. “I’m thinking we’re gonna be in a booth, and I’m gonna have a microphone and the lyrics in front of me. I flew back to New York, and I’m having lunch with my darling Beverly Sills. And she said, ‘Well, we’re going to see you when you do “Follies.” ’ I said, ‘Oh, you’re going to be in the booth?’
Born April 26, 1933, in San Antonio, Texas. Her father, Joseph Burnett, and mother, Ina Louise Burnett, were both often unemployed, and the family lived most of the time on welfare. Burnett was raised primarily by her maternal grandmother, Mabel Eudora White. Her parents divorced in the late 1930s, and Burnett and her grandmother moved to an apartment near her mother’s in an impoverished area of Hollywood, California. Her father and mother, both alcoholics, died in 1954 and 1957 respectively.