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.
The Final Goodbye
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.
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.”
An Unloveable Story
Before “Saturday Night Live” came on the scene, “The Carol Burnett Show” was the TV variety show known for its movie spoofs and parodies. Fans usually loved the parodies of popular films, and everyone knew the unnamed actors that were being referenced. However, these famous actors were not always as receptive to the show’s hilarious spoofs.
Years later, Carol Burnet revealed in her memoir that actor Ryan O’Neal hated her show’s spoof of his movie “Love Story.” The actor was known for his explosive temper, so Carol got kind of freaked out when he once cornered her at a party to confront her. Thankfully nothing dramatic happened, but he did tell her in no uncertain terms that he absolutely hated the show.
The Coca-Cola Addict
From Lucille Ball to Betty White, Carol Burnett’s show had a heavy rotation of top stars during the 60s and 70s. Always a true lady, Carol has never spilled the beans about any scandalous celebrity encounters on set. However, she has revealed some hilarious details about famous guests in some of her memoirs.
One such star is Betty Grable. The bombshell actress was a guest star on episode 21 of the first season and was anything but elegant. Carol described her as a “Coca-Cola addict” who drank so much soda that she couldn’t stop burping during the course of the show.