Television Legend Carol Burnett’s Life and Career Profiled in American Masters: Carol Burnett – A Woman of Character

Release Date: 04/04/2013

 HARTFORD, Conn. (April 4, 2013) – On Tuesday, April 9 at 8 p.m., Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will premiere American Masters: Carol Burnett – A Woman of Character.

As part of the premiere, CPTV is offering viewers a chance to win Burnett’s new book, Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story from Simon & Schuster. To enter to win, go cptv.org/contests.

The program showcases Burnett’s own take on her award-winning career that began in New York City in the 1950s. At the beginning of Burnett’s career, America was in turmoil – the civil rights struggle, the war in Vietnam and the sexual revolution defined a nation in conflict. But, at 10 p.m. every Saturday night, in dorms and dens, in living rooms and bedrooms across the country, Americans watched The Carol Burnett Show. For 11 years, this whacky performer yelled like Tarzan and won our hearts, often breaking our hearts, with her edgy – always sympathetic characters. She could fall down a flight of stairs or take a pie in the face like nobody else. She could also wear a slinky sequined gown and hold her own in a duet with Bing Crosby or Julie Andrews. She was open, honest, a real person – our friend. Yet, as with so many brilliant comedians, hers was a difficult childhood and a glimpse of something deeper, darker began to emerge in the dramatic career that followed her TV variety show.

In Carrie and Me, Carol Burnett shares her personal diary entries and correspondence revealing her anguish as a mother of a troubled teenager, the epiphanies that helped her help her family, and the grief and then the hope she felt after her daughter’s death. Through Burnett’s inimitable voice, we get a portrait of an unforgettable young woman that will bring hope to anyone struggling with raising or losing a child.

About Connecticut Public Television

The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming,

including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and

Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing

children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. CPBN also

includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American

Public Media. WNPR serves 260,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit cptv.org.

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