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.
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.
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.
Drama? What Drama?
We love to hear salacious gossip and scandalous drama about our favorite celebrities. It’s no wonder that people speculate about how the cast and crew of “The Carol Burnett Show” really felt about each other. Well, the truth is much less boring than we’d like to think.
In reality, Carol and her co-stars truly liked each other and got along pretty well. Sure, Vick Lawrence, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, and Lyle Waggoner had their differences and would argue sometimes. However, there are no dramatic stories from the gossip mill because Carol fostered a healthy work environment that was fun and collaborative.
The One and Only Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence remained a cast member of “The Carol Burnett Show” during the entirety of the show’s eleven-year run. However, that wasn’t the only creative work Vicki did. Vicki released an album titled “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” in 1973. The album was a moderate success, peaking at number 51 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
However, so many fans knew Vicki for her physical comedy and role as Mama in “The Family” that many didn’t realize the singer and actress were one and the same. One of her songs even hit number one in Australia, but she couldn’t shake off her comedy reputation.