1984 Lucille Ball Interview On Fellow Comedian Carol Burnett

1984 Lucille Ball Interview On Fellow Comedian Carol Burnett

In an era where it was quite difficult to find success as a working woman, the talented ladies who broke the mold and made a name for themselves had to stick together to stay on top. In this 1984 interview with Lucille Ball, interviewers questioned Lucille on fellow comedian, Carol Burnett, and their friendship.


The interview starts off with the interviewer admitting he wishes he could be asking Lucille about herself, but Lucille insists they discuss Carol Burnett instead, stating “I’d be very happy to talk about Carol Burnett, I think she’s one of the greatest gals that I’ve ever met.”

Lucille then proceeds to describe the first time she met Carol after hearing about her breakthrough performance in the Broadway debut of “Once Upon a Mattress.” Upon hearing about the incredible performance by the fresh new face, Lucille went backstage to meet and possibly recruit the young actress. Lucille was disappointed to learn, however, that someone else had beat her to the punch, and Carol Burnett had already been recruited by someone else, but the two became friends nonetheless.

“I had seen her performance, and I believed it and I’d seen a true comedian at work. For her first performance, which I knew it was, I knew that it was unusual,” Lucille said when describing the reason she felt so drawn to Carol, “She had ‘it.’”

Lucille then proceeded to describe how Carol was as a friend, how they endured similar hardships, how Carol was trustworthy, understanding, courageous, and a hard-working trooper who had endured things that would have devastated other people. Lucille describes her relationship with Carol as an incredibly positive and supportive one.

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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