Carol Burnett Term Paper by Nicky

A biography of the life and times of comedienne Carol Burnett.
# 145801 | 1,256 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper looks at the life of Carol Burnett, one of the best-loved comediennes of the 20th century who set the standard for variety shows in the 1960-1970 decade. Her show, The Carol Burnett Show, offered a mix of music and comedy and presented the popular stars of that time. The paper charts her life from her birth in 1933, her personal life and family, her type of comedy and her battle as a woman to become a renowned comedienne.

From the Paper:

"Carol was born on April 26, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas but was raised with a younger sister by their maternal grandmother (Purdy 2002). In her autobiography, ``One More Time: a Memoir by Carol Burnett,'' she recounts a life of poverty and disillusionment. She points to her grandmother as the strongest influence in her life. By some strokes of luck, she managed to move to New York with her sister. In her pursuit of success, she married her college boyfriend Don Soroyan in 1955 but they divorced in 1962. She realized her dream of performing in Broadway in 1959 in the play, ``Once Upon a Mattress.'' She then appeared as guests in variety shows, such as The Steve Allen Show and The Garry Moore Show. But her biggest break was singing a comedy rendition of ``I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles'' on The Ed Sullivan Show. When Garry Moore acquired a prime time spot, he invited Carol to appear regularly from 1959 to 1962.In 1962, she won an Emmy. This was the beginning of her career."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Purdy, Elizabeth. Carol Burnett. St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture: Gale Group, 2002. Retrieved on February 11, 2009 from http://www.gIepc/is_2419200154?tag=content;col1
  • Wilson, Emily. Are Men Threatened by Funny Women? AlterNet: Independent Media Institute, 2007. Retrieved on February 11, 2009 from
  • Young, Susan. PBS Finds Carol Burnett to be a "Woman of Character" Oakland Tribune: ANG Newspapers, 2007. Retrieved on February 11, 2009 from;col1

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