The Carol Burnett Show ran for eleven hilarious seasons from 1967 to 1978, then later for nine episodes in fall of 1991. Originally starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, the variety/sketch comedy series was a huge hit with fans. It’s been ranked as a top show throughout the years, won 25 Emmys, and was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All Time.” So what was the behind-the-scenes like? Let’s find out!
1. Burnett’s Ear Tug Has A Heart-Warming Story Behind It
How cool is this: That ear tug that Carol Burnett did at the end of each episode? It was a message to her grandmother—“Hello, I love you.” Really sweet right? Most fans thought it was a stage cue or some kind of gimmick, but it had this special personal meaning. So much so that Burnett didn’t stop doing it even when her grandmother passed while the show was still running.
2. Lawrence Went From Fireballs To Sisterhood
Vicki Lawrence was competing in the “Miss Fireball” contest in Inglewood, California, when her mother urged her to write Burnett about it. Why? Well, with her short pixie-cut hairstyle, many of her peers commented on her resemblance to Burnett. The actress did show up at the pageant and quite liked young Lawrence, even urging her to audition for the show despite her lack of acting experience. Turned out that it paid off, as Lawrence ended up playing Burnett’s sister, mama and numerous other roles.
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