One More Time

by Carol Burnett | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0394552547 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmaryzeewing of Taneytown, Maryland USA on 4/9/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Friday, April 09, 2010
Not long ago, Carol Burnett bought a typewriter, placed it on her work table, and began a letter to her three daughters. What she wanted to tell them was what her own childhood had been like. What she didn't want was for her children to grow up knowing as little about their mother's childhood as she had known about the early lives of her own parents. Day by day Carol's letter grew, as long-forgotten memories came flooding back - memories of a childhood sometimes so painful, for all the love and humor she managed to find within it, that she had barely been able to confront its joys and sorrows - until she sat down to write her letter. That letter became this book.
Carol Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Hollywood. But her Hollywood was not the Hollywood of America's dreams. Carol Burnett's Hollywood was an old apartment house in a Depression-scarred neighborhood where she lived in a single cluttered room with her grandmother, a hypochondriacal Christian Scientist with a buried past. The room featured an immovable Murphy bed, an ill-equipped kitchen and a bathroom whose shower rod doubled as the closet. Her parents were divorced and both were alcoholics. Her mother lived in another single room down the hall. Her father lived somewhere else. The family was on relief.
That was reality from the outside. But Carol Burnett never experienced it that way. Her broken family was her family, the source of security, courage, and love: her beautiful, well-meaning, naïvely ambitious mother; her gentle, ineffectual father; her manipulative, always loving grandmother; and her sister, Chrissy, raised largely by Carol, who remains among Carol's closest friends. One More Time is the candid story of how Carol Burnett grew up in this family, how it shaped her, and of the nearly miraculous circumstances that helped her talent flourish, propelling her from these unpromising beginnings to the threshold of fame.
Readers will encounter this story just as vividly as Carol Burnett lived it, with the freshness and amazement of direct experience. Here is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking childhood and coming of age: from a sadly hopeful mother hooked on Hollywood fantasy to the first signs of Carol's comic gift; from the happy weekends that Carol spent with her father to her last tragic meeting with him in a public sanatorium; from the show-off fun of her first ear-shattering Tarzan yell to the rush of events that brought her to New York, and would soon bring her to stardom.
One More Time is a rich, touching, powerful memoir, an unforgettable portrait of a determined and miraculous spirit who insisted on life and joy - and found it, wherever she happened to be.

Journal Entry 2 by wing6of8wing at Westminster, Maryland USA on Friday, June 08, 2018
Sadly, MaryZee passed suddenly in September 2012. MaryZee's daughter is now ready to rehome her mom's books and I was willing to collect and redistribute them to keep her literary legacy alive.

Journal Entry 3 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, June 09, 2018
In memory of MaryZee, I hope this book will continue to travel and find many eager readers. Thank you, 6of8, for bringing me this and other books Of MaryZee's to share.

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The 2019 Tick Tock Release Challenge.. The title of this book contains the word TIME.


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Journal Entry 5 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, October 18, 2019
I selected this book from the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) to release elsewhere.

Released 2 mos ago (10/28/2019 UTC) at Little Free Library for children in Mattie J. T. Stepanek Park in Rockville, Maryland USA


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