Carol Burnett – In Her Own Words

“I think the hardest thing to do in the world, show-business-wise, is write comedy. We had a great staff of writers, and if we had a sketch we were rehearsing and it wasn’t working, we’d call the writers down and show them what we had come up with. And there were no egos. In 11 years, we never had a writer get angry because we made it a little bit more of our own and maybe a little improved. They would jump in and say, “Oh okay, how about this then, while you’re doing that?” We were all in the sandbox together.”

Carol Burnett – In Her Own Words

“When I was in college at UCLA, I took a playwriting course. I was all set to be a writer. But I had to take this acting class as a theater arts major. I had to do this scene in a one-act comedy. I just said this line, and then… this laugh happened. I thought, ‘Whoa. This is a really good feeling. What have I been missing?'”

UCLA 1954 Varsity Show starred Carol Burnett as Christy Adams in “Love Thy Coach”.

Carol Burnett – In Her Own Words

“This being Hollywood, they wanted to open it up and make it this huge musical extravaganza, and we went out on the street itself and danced and sang and ran up and down fire escapes, and there was even an organ grinder with a monkey. That had nothing to do with the fact that we’re going to be on Easy Street. We found that half of a locket that belonged to Annie’s parents, and then suddenly, the plot went out of the window. It was total overkill. Bernadette and Tim and I were like, ‘Well, we just have to go with it.'”

“I guess they looked at it and realized that it didn’t work, but we already knew that. So, about a month later, I got a call from the film’s producer, Ray Stark, and he said, ‘We’re going to reshoot the Easy Street number with just the three of you in the orphanage.’ That was terrific news and the way it should have been in the first place. It was so much better with just the three villains.”

Carol Burnett – In Her Own Words

“I very much enjoyed doing ‘Law & Order,’ playing a killer – that was fun, and they had a family feel around the set, so it was a happy show to do even though the subject matter was quite the opposite.”

Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, and Carol Burnett
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