Sunday, June 26, 2016
This Time Together by Carol Burnett
A touching and hilarious memoir by the author of Carrie and Me: A Mother Daughter Love Story, This Time Together is 100 percent Carol Burnett—funny, irreverent, and irresistible.
Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won twenty-five Emmys in its remarkable eleven-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another. Reading it feels like sitting down with an old friend who has wonderful tales to tell.
In engaging anecdotes, Carol discusses her remarkable friendships with stars such as Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, and Julie Andrews; the background behind famous scenes, like the moment she swept down the stairs in her curtain-rod dress in the legendary “Went With the Wind” skit; and things that would happen only to Carol—the prank with Julie Andrews that went wrong in front of the First Lady; the famous Tarzan Yell that saved her during a mugging; and the time she faked a wooden leg to get served in a famous ice cream emporium. This poignant look back allows us to cry with the actress during her sorrows, rejoice in her successes, and finally, always, to laugh.
About the Author:
Since the book is an autobiography, I was unable to find an author bio.
What can you say about the autobiography of one of your idols? Hopefully, it lives up to your expectations of that person. Having read Ms. Burnett’s first book, I knew it would.
However, her first book stopped short of her success on The Carol Burnett Show, and did not include anecdotes about meeting (and in many cases becoming friends with) many of her idols, her friendships with the likes of Julie Andrews and Beverly Sills, or stories about Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner and the rest of the cast and crew of her marvelous variety show. Warning: don’t eat or drink anything when you read the chapter on Tim Conway, and be sure your mouth is dry. I laughed so hard, I choked on my own saliva.
Finally, Ms. Burnett attended school when they still taught grammar. And she writes the way she talks. Nothing stilted there. I put off reading This Time Together, because it wasn’t business; it was just for fun, so I waited until I was somewhat “caught up.” And, indeed, it was fun! Thank you, Ms. Burnett.
Heat Rating: G
Length: 290 Pages
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