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Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Martin Sheen to appear in 'Love Letters' on Broadway

Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Martin Sheen to appear in 'Love Letters' on Broadway

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) --Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Martin Sheen and Candice Bergen have joined the rotating cast of the first Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters."
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Jay Leno to receive 2014 Mark Twain prize for humor

Jay Leno to receive 2014 Mark Twain prize for humor

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) --The Kennedy Center will award Jay Leno with the 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the nation's top comedy honor.
Kate Stanton
Cher emotional over split from longtime designer Bob Mackie: 'I'm crying'

Cher emotional over split from longtime designer Bob Mackie: 'I'm crying'

March 14 (UPI) -- Cher and Bob Mackie have ended their four-decade long creative partnership.
Kate Stanton
Andrea Martin to star in 'Noises Off'

Andrea Martin to star in 'Noises Off'

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Broadway veteran Andrea Martin will headline a new revival of the classic comedy "Noises Off" put on by the Roundabout Theatre Company in January.
Gabrielle Levy
Carol Burnett presented Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Carol Burnett presented Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The 16th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was presented to television icon Carol Burnett at a ceremony in Washington.
NBC to air 'Funniest of the Funniest' special

NBC to air 'Funniest of the Funniest' special

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. network NBC says it plans to air a special featuring laugh-out-loud scenes from the greatest television shows of all time next month.
Joy Behar celebrates her last day as co-host of 'The View'

Joy Behar celebrates her last day as co-host of 'The View'

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Comedian, author and TV personality Joy Behar ended her 16-year run as co-host of "The View" in New York Friday.
Sandra Bullock in talks for 'Annie' role

Sandra Bullock in talks for 'Annie' role

LOS ANGELES, June 13 (UPI) -- Sandra Bullock is in talks to play horrible headmistress Miss Hannigan in the upcoming big-screen musical "Annie," The Hollywood Reporter said.
Carol Burnett wins Mark Twain Prize for Humor

Carol Burnett wins Mark Twain Prize for Humor

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- The 16th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor will be presented to television icon Carol Burnett at a ceremony in Washington this fall.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, April 26, 2013.
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Hollywood intersection called Carol Burnett Square

Hollywood intersection called Carol Burnett Square

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- The intersection of Hollywood's Highland and Selma avenues has been renamed Carol Burnett Square in honor of the iconic U.S. comedian.

Burnett was told variety is a 'man's game'

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- Carol Burnett said she wasn't offended at the time when an executive told her she couldn't have her own variety show in the 1960s because it's "a man's game."
Walters to host 'Best in TV' special

Walters to host 'Best in TV' special

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- ABC says it plans to air a special edition of its U.S. program "20/20" called "Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time."
'Anderson Live' to have guest co-hosts

'Anderson Live' to have guest co-hosts

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- "GCB" actress Kristin Chenoweth will be the first guest co-host on Anderson Cooper's "Anderson Live," the syndicated U.S. daytime talk show said Monday.

Comedy writer Al Gordon dead at 89

LOS ANGELES, May 25 (UPI) -- Emmy Award-winning comedy writer Al Gordon has died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his family said. He was 89.
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Carol Burnett in a 1978 photo. (UPI Photo/Files)
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Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedienne, singer, dancer and writer. Burnett started her career in New York. After becoming a hit on Broadway, she made her television debut. After successful appearances on The Garry Moore Show, Carol moved to Los Angeles and began an eleven-year run on The Carol Burnett Show which was aired on CBS television from 1967 to 1978. With roots in vaudeville, The Carol Burnett Show was a variety show which combined comedy sketches, song, and dance. The comedy sketches ranged from film parodies to character pieces. Burnett created many endearing characters during the show's television run.

Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Ina Louise (née Creighton), a publicity writer for movie studios, and Joseph Thomas Burnett, a movie theater manager. Both of her parents, particularly her father, suffered from alcoholism, and at a young age she was left with her grandmother, Mabel Eudora White. Her parents divorced in the late 1930s, and Burnett and her grandmother moved to an apartment near her mother’s in an impoverished area of Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. There, they stayed in a boarding house with her younger half-sister Chrissy.

When Burnett was in the fourth grade, she briefly invented an imaginary twin sister named Karen, with Shirley Temple-like dimples. Motivated to further the pretense, Burnett recalled fondly that she "fooled the other boarders in the rooming house where we lived by frantically switching clothes and dashing in and out of the house by the fire escape and the front door. Then I became exhausted and Karen mysteriously vanished."

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