Creator / Carol Burnett
*Ear tug*

Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedienne, singer, author, and producer, known for starring in the hit variety show The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 to 1978, as well as originating the role of Princess Winnifred of Woebegone in the Broadway production of Once Upon a Mattress.

Her film roles include the villainous Miss Hannigan in the 1982 version of Annie, as well as the voice of equally villainous Jane Kangaroo in 2008's Horton Hears a Who!.

Is An Example Of:

  • Fiery Redhead: Largely averted, actually.
  • Mysterious Backer: Carol was a poor university student struggling to make ends meet when a wealthy man saw her perform at a professor's part. This man said that she had too much talent to let go to waste and offered her a 1000 dollar interest-free loan to fund a trip to New York City so that she could audition for musical comedies. His conditions were that she pay the money back in five years, that, in the event she achieved success, she provide the same sort of help to others, and that his identity be never revealed. She proudly says that she's fulfilled every one of them.
  • Odd Friendship: Between herself and Julie Andrews, at first glance since one is primarily known being an English Rose while the other for a more working-class style of comedy. But both have their roots in vaudeville and share a similar sense of humor. They've appeared in three well-received TV specials together.
    • Similarly, Burnett was mentored by Lucille Ball, who was decidedly not known for improv. She recounted in an interview on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! a conversation she had in which Ball taught her an important lesson on being assertive.
  • Older Than They Look: She's 84.

"I'm so glad we had this time together
Just to have a laugh or sing a song
Seems we just get started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say, 'So long.'"