Carol Burnett's contributions to musical theater have been eclipsed by her longstanding career as a comedienne, but music helped to make her a star. Burnett launched her zany career with a parody song, "I Made a Fool of Myself over John Foster Dulles," and made a hit of the Off-Broadway musical Once upon a Mattress well before she found herself starring on a perennially popular television variety show. A People magazine contributor called Burnett "Fanny Brice in a noisebox, an all-purpose funny girl with sexy legs who could hoof it, belt it, swing the slapstick and then with terrifying tenderness tear the heart out of some chuckleheaded caricature and lay it in your startled hands."
Early reviews foretold a lengthy...Read more
- April 26, 1933
- Television actor;
- Theatrical actor;