Carol Burnett would sign off every season of her show with a rendition of “I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together” dressed in her “washerwoman” character. The bit became an expected classic for fans of the show. Also, it was a running joke that a sleeping man would be the only one left in the theater. Every time, she would stop to kiss him on the forehead.
For the series finale, Carol did the exact same routine. After Carol’s tearful, final rendition of her sign-off song, she slowly walks off backstage. She stops to affectionately kiss a sleeping security guard on the forehead before she leaves for the last time. Fans loved the emotional homage to tradition.
A Star’s Revenge
Before Carol Burnett hit it big with her own TV show, she worked a lot of odd jobs. One of those jobs was at a theater on Hollywood Boulevard back in 1951. Carol got fired from her job as an usherette when she refused to let a couple into the tail-end of an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
She thought the couple would enjoy the movie more if they waited for the next showing, but her manager disagreed and gave her the boot. Many years after that fateful firing, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In an act of ultimate pettiness, she requested her star be placed right in front of that very theater.
Let’s End On a High Note
Nowadays, TV shows get canceled left and right. There’s no keeping track of which shows are coming back for a new season and which ones will never get their happy endings. When “The Carol Burnett Show” ended on March 29, 1978, it was not because of low ratings or TV executives cutting the cord.
Carl ended the show on her own terms. Despite the TV network wanting to renew the show for a twelfth season, Carol felt it was time to call it quits. She felt that the show had run out of original ideas. As a result, she wanted to end the show on a high note.
Vicki Lawrence’s First Job
Vicki Lawrence was recruited by Carol Burnett to join her show straight out of high school. Since it was her first “real” job, she learned a lot about acting and comedy while on set. Even though Carol acted as her mentor in those early years, the other cast members also took Vicki under their wings.
Harvey Korman particularly helped Vicki out and gave her plenty of tips he had gathered over his years of performing. He was known for his ability to do almost any accent, so he taught Vicki how to adapt and change her voice. This definitely came in handy for her role as Mama in “The Family.”
Carol the Matchmaker
The core cast of “The Carol Burnett Show” was very close and got along well with each other. However, Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence had a special bond and friendship. Vicki has told reporters and interviewers that Carol is responsible for many of the big events in her life, including her second marriage to Al Schultz.
Carol is actually the one who introduced Vicki to her future husband. One day, Carol spotted Al when he unknowingly walked by her dressing room in the CBS studio. She recruited him to work on the show and introduced him to Vicki. The two met, sparks flew, and they’ve been married ever since.