Carol Burnett Showcased Her Sharp Wit when a 1974 Earthquake Shook Her Show

Carol Burnett, who has enjoyed a long career that spanned more than fifty years, is one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars. She was known throughout her career for her calm demeanour.

Carol Burnett, America’s beloved TV star, has a rich career. Burnett’s success was meteoric with her long-running variety series. “The Carol Burnett Show.” 

Her career started with guest appearances on several shows before she launched her own production. Burnett went on to have a varied career. She was part of several Broadway and film productions.

Carol Burnett attends The Beverly Hilton Hotel’s Annual Golden Globe Awards, January 6, 2019, at 76.[left] | Photo: Getty Images

Numerous times have been given recognition for her contributions to the entertainment business and career. In 2013, she was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the most prestigious awards given to artists who have had a significant impact on American culture.

Burnett is now 88 and has nothing left to prove, other than the richness of her television experience. Burnett enjoys sharing her favorite moments in her career. One moment that she considers unforgettable is the 1974 earthquake.

Carol Burnett performing ‘The Prince of Broadway’ on Broadway Opening Night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre August 24, 2017. Source: Getty Images | Source: Getty Images

“The Carol Burnett Show”During its 11-season run at CBS, Burnett featured a multitude of celebrities from film, television and music. Burnett shared the stage alongside stars like Jimmy Stewart and Cher, Bing Crosby, Flip Wilson, and Flip Wilson.

Additionally, she secured guest appearances for top-ranking musicians of the time. After their 1974 hit, The Jackson 5, they topped the charts and were guest stars on season 7.

Unfortunately, Burnett created a potentially dangerous scenario during their sketch. This required quick thinking by the presenter to keep things calm.

Carol Burnett signs her book at a signing”Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story” | Photo: Getty Images

The “Jackson 5” were to play a series of bored kids listening to an older woman, played by Burnett, teach music. The studio was surprisingly hit by an earthquake during the skit with the famous Jackson brothers, sending everyone into chaos.

Burnett didn’t panic and kept her cool.

Burnett looked around at her audience, realizing that no one was moving. So she kept playing her part. In her InterviewThe actress said that she didn’t want to wait for the crowd and saw this as an opportunity to be spontaneous.

Carol Burnett, Brian Miller at the United States State Department December 6, 2003 Photo: Getty Images | Photo: Getty Images


Her book is available at “In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox,”The Golden Globe winner shared some funny behind-the scenes stories. Some featured guest stars such as Joan Rivers or Dick Van Dyke.

Burnett was impressed when the Jackson brothers appeared on her stage. Despite their introversion and shy nature, Burnett noticed that they were strong and intimidating when performing on stage.

She called them the most amazing kids in the universe and admitted that she was looking forward to having them back on her program. But she also revealed that Michael’s perception of himself saddened her. 

Carol Burnett, Brian Miller and Blake Edwards attend the preview of Blake Edwards’ art exhibition at Leslie Sacks Fine Art June 5, 2010. | Photo: Getty Images

According to Burnett, the late King of Pop thought he was ugly and underwent surgery to change his looks several times. Three times, the Jackson brothers appeared on the show. Each time was a memorable experience.

Janet Jackson later It was on Burnett’s show, performing “The Beat Goes On”Randy Jackson is her brother. It was eight years ago, but she still remembers the moment.


Burnett was born April 26, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas to Joseph Burnett and Ina Louise Burnett. Burnett, her grandmother Mabel Eudora White and her father Joseph Burnett were divorced in the late 1930s. She moved to Hollywood, California with her grandmother.

Later, Burnett graduated from Hollywood High School in 1951. Burnett once described seeing her parents suffering from alcohol abuse as she pursued her dreams of becoming a star in Hollywood.

She said that her mother was mean because she had been drunk. But, she also noted that her dad was kind and sweet, even though he lived a very difficult life.

Carol Burnett (C), Erin and Jody Hamilton (R), a photo taken from ” The LIFE Picture Collection”Created January 1, 1996. | Photo: Getty Images

Burnett spoke out about her mother’s drinking problems. , “But she started heavily in her 30s. And she was a mean drunk. She could really get mean and vicious and angry. Again, that frustration just came out when she drank.”

The TV host fell in love with Hollywood during her frequent trips to the theatres with her grandmother. It was on these trips that she realized her dream to become an actress.

Soon after graduating from the University of California, she moved to New York with the hope of becoming a famous playwright.

Carol Burnett (left), and Carrie Hamilton (center), are joined by Dinah Shore, on the tape of the ‘Dinah and Friends’ show’.Photo by Getty Images | Photo: Getty Images

Burnett made his television debut in the 1950s, making a brief appearance on the children’s program. “The Winchell-Mahoney Show.” Soon after, she co-starred in the sitcom “Stanley”Buddy Hackett. The show helped make her popular and opened more doors for her.

Burnett joined “The Garry Moore Show”She was a regular on CBS in 1959. She appeared on a number of CBS programs throughout the years, and was a well-known performer. Her show became a huge success.

Burnette appeared in several feature films, aside from her television role on the popular TV show. These included the 1972 movie “Pete’ n’ Tillie,” “The Front Page,” “Annie,” “Noises,” “Off.”

p class=”xbaq7a-1 dCqSUl”>Brian Miller and Carol Burnett at the Geffen”Gala at Geffen Playhouse, June 4, 2012. | Photo: Getty Images

In movies such as “Animated Man” and “Frozen”, she also voiced animated characters. “The Trumpet of the Swan” “Horton Hears a Who!”

Throughout her career, Burnett has won numerous awards, including Emmy and American Comedy Awards. She was also awarded the 1980 Women in Film Crystal Award in 2006 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.

After over six decades in the show business, Burnett, 88, is still a prominent voice in the industry. Burnett has appeared on several TV series and shows, including “Desperate Housewives”In 2006. Later, she appeared in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” And “Glee.”


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