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April 15th, 2010
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Excerpt: 'This Time Together' by Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett's book ''This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection'' is seen on display in New York City.

Carol Burnett's book ''This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection'' is seen on display in New York City.

From “This Time Together”
By Carol Burnett

Jimmy Stewart

My grandmother Nanny and I were at the picture show. I hadn’t reached two digits yet in age because I distinctly remember my feet couldn’t touch the floor of the movie house. Nanny and I were still living in San Antonio, Texas. My mama and daddy had gone ahead to California, where Nanny and I would later wind up.

The feature had just begun, and his face lit up the screen. I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He was talking to a beautiful lady in a nightclub somewhere. I’m not sure what the movie was. It didn’t matter. He had a kind of crooked smile and spoke with a soft . . . what kind of voice was it? A drawl? The camera followed him as he stood up. You could see how very long his legs were. I was sure his feet never had trouble reaching the floor.

“Skinny as a string bean,” Nanny said. After the picture show, we went home to the old house, and I couldn’t get the man in the movie out of my mind. He wasn’t just an actor like all the others I’d seen in picture shows. This man was different. He spoke to me. I tried to explain this to Nanny.

“Nanny, I know that man.”
“What do you mean, you know him?”
“I just do. He’s my friend; we just haven’t met yet.”
“That’s nice, dear. Drink your Ovaltine and go to bed.”


Reprinted from “This Time Together” by Carol Burnett. Copyright © 2010. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group.

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  1. Goldie Meanor

    I am so pleased to have come upon this site. Thank you for being such a wonderful fan of Carol Burnett. I have always enjoyed Carol. I miss getting to laugh at her fantasic comedy skits.

    I really enjoyed reading the excerpt from Carol's book, so much that I can not wait to get a copy. I am sure that it is as good all the way through the book. I'm looking forward to getting to know Carol Burnett on a more personal level.

    April 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm |

    I agree with you MR ARMSTRONG. However, I honestly do believe that Carol Burnett could make a good politician. Even in her skits of comedy, she had a way of presenting genuine, good sense messages that related to real life issues and daily living. She certainly kept up with human issues and response. In humour, oftentimes, she'd even develop resolutions to problematic issues presented in the comedy show skit! Carol understood and even related to people, like none other. PRES OBAMA COULD USE HER ON HIS TEAM!

    April 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  3. ronvan

    NO, NO, NO! Carol is and always will be a class act and to even think of her running for a political office would be demeaning. Her shows were ALWAYS funny and I wish we still had her show and those like it instead of the junk they keep coming up with.

    April 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  4. michael armstrong sr.

    I miss Carol Burnett maybe she should run for office the people of this country needs a good laugh every once and awhile .

    April 15, 2010 at 8:55 am |