Legend Carol Burnett Delights Audience at IU Auditorium

Posted on April 22, 2011

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LAUREN LINDER

Carol Burnett shared laughter and years of wisdom with a delighted audience last week when she presented “Laughter and Reflections with Carol Burnett” at the IU Auditorium.

The performance’s style was based on the famous “Carol Burnett Show” and allowed audience members to participate in an interactive Q&A.

“The Carol Burnett Show” ran for 11 years and averaged 30 million viewers per week. Widely popular, it earned 25 Emmys and was named one of the “100 Best Television Shows of All Time” by TIME magazine in 2007.

During the performance, Burnett played some of her favorite clips from the show, including “Went with the Wind,” a parody of “Gone with the Wind,” and a variety of her infamous duets.

The performance was the IU Department of Theatre and Drama’s 2011 Ralph L. Collins Memorial Lecture.

At 77, Burnett isn’t acting on a regular basis anymore, but she recently guest-starred on Fox’s phenomenon “Glee” as Sue Sylvester’s mother.

To close the show, she sang the popular song that used to end the “Carol Burnett Show” and the curtains closed.

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