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.
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