Continuing on with my show business autobiographies theme for the month of May, Carol Burnett’s One More Time was definitely my favorite so far. Ms. Burnett has a wonderful literary voice, and an even more fascinating story to tell.
Similar to the Julie Andrews memoir, this book is about her early years. She grew up mostly in Hollywood, raised by her grandmother, with her single mother living in the same apartment complex, but down the hall. It sounded like they were living off welfare, and although her mother was beautiful and talented, she obviously made poor choices. Carol’s father was a alcoholic who loved his daughter, but was unable to care for her, much less himself. Her portrayals of her family were endearing, funny, and also realistic.
Seeing the adults around her seemed to make Carol Burnett determined not to follow in their footsteps. I enjoyed her stories of discovering that she had a talent for comedic acting and musical theater. I cheered her on when she decided to go to New York. I was thrilled when she got some big breaks, and I marveled at her tenacity.
The book ended in 1959, when she played Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway. This memoir was so good, I definitely want to read more.
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1986