|The day Lucy died, Carol received delivery of a|
flower bouquet for her birthday, from Lucy.
Carol broke some molds with her long-running variety show, as one of the first females to host one.
|Burnett's first Emmy in 1962. She has personally won 4.|
Her variety show won 25.
She had lots of experience with the genre, having won an Emmy for her regular appearances on the Gary Moore Show, and another for her concert special at Carnegie Hall, opposite Julie Andrews.
|Ball's Emmy count also numbers 4. |
Her various shows have won even more.
Lucy, meanwhile, was already a TV titan in the 60s, and continued to mine the comic potential of the character she had created in the 50s in I Love Lucy. Her sitcom morphed several times, but always contained the same slapstick style which suited Ball best. (Lucy, by the way, had her own Dance Party several years ago, a clip from her film career which preceded her TV stardom).
The clip below has a bit of historical significance, particularly for Burnett. Through much of the 60s, she headlined a series of variety specials, and was a regular guest star on the sitcoms of the period (including Lucy's, which at the time was called The Lucy Show. She also appeared more than once on her pal Jim Nabors's sitcom, a clip of which appeared on this Dance Party a while ago when Jim surprised nobody by marrying a man). This special was called Carol +2, and costarred Lucy and Zero Mostel.
|The success of this special ignited talk of a weekly showcase for Burnett's talents.|
|The Carol Burnett Show spoofed famous films, annoying commercials, and soap operas. It was a true variety show; our gal sang, danced, took pratfalls, and ad libbed with the audience. Happy 80th, Carol!|