Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This Time Together

I've had my Kindle for a while but just got around to making use of the public library's ebooks. My first book from that source was Carol Burnett's This Time Together (Amazon link). I have always enjoyed Carol Burnett and miss her variety show. Still, and that was a long time ago.

Carol always opened her show with a Q & A session to warm up the audience. Her last tour was done this way. This book is a collection of anecdotes prompted by the most frequently asked questions. It is a light read, and short, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

There is a little about her childhood, her marriages, how her career began, how the series developed and some great stories about some of her favorite celebrity guests. Not a bad word is said about anyone, in fact, not a "bad" word was used at all.

Possibly my favorite quote from the book was by Beverly Sills. Her nickname was Bubbles and she became a great friend of Carol's and was a repeat guest on the show. Beverly Sills was an opera star with a beautiful soprano voice. Her son was born with severe impairments (unspecified in this tale) and was institutionalized at a young age. Her daughter was born deaf.  In a 60 Minutes interview, Mike Wallace brought up the subject of her children and asked Beverly how, with all this tragedy, she always seemed to be so happy. She replied that she wasn't necessarily always happy, but that she always tried to be cheerful.

If you are a Carol Burnett fan or are looking for a light read that is true and fun, consider this book.


Chatty Crone said...

I always liked her. sandie

Kelli said...

LOVE Carol! :) I have a few DVDs of her show and the kids enjoy them, too. Not much of that kind of television for a family to watch together nowadays. I'll have to try that book. Thanks! :)