American Masters: Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character

American Masters: Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character

Tuesday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m.

America in the 1960s and 70s was in turmoil. But at 10 o’clock every Saturday night, Americans came together by the millions to watch “The Carol Burnett Show.”

For 11 years, the wacky performer yelled like Tarzan and won — and sometimes broke — our hearts with her edgy, always sympathetic, characters. She could fall down a flight of stairs or hold her own in a duet with Julie Andrews. Yet, as with so many brilliant comedians, hers was a difficult childhood. A glimpse of something deeper and darker began to emerge in the dramatic career that followed her TV variety show.

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