Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Birthday, Carol Burnett!

Gina Wilhelm Actress - Happy Birthday, Carol Burnett!

Carol Burnett celebrates her 78th birthday today, April 26. She's a huge influence on me, both on and off the stage.

Carol got her start as an assistant to ventriloquist Paul Winchell and his figure, Jerry Mahoney.

She made a name for herself singing "I Made a Fool of Myself over John Foster Dulles."

She starred as Princess Winifred in "Once Upon a Mattress" and had a successful stint on "The Garry Moore Show."

Her "Carol Burnett Show" was the last truly successful variety show to date, running from 1967 to 1978.

On the big screen, she played Miss Hannigan in 1982's "Annie" and starred in "Noises Off" in 1992.

A fabulous singer and gifted comedienne, I am pleased to wish one of my most favorite funny women many happy returns of the day!

Gina Wilhelm Actress