30 Questions with Carol Burnett

The iconic actress, comedian, and singer is getting her own Netflix series.

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The legendary comedian whose Netflix series, A Little Help With Carol Burnett, premieres this month loves good news and enchiladas. The paparazzi? Not so much.

1. IF I WEREN’T AN ENTERTAINER, I’D BE: A cartoonist with my own comic strip.

2. BEST CAREER ADVICE I’VE GOTTEN: Never make a career decision based on money.

3. EARLIEST CAREER SETBACK: Early on, I lost a role to another girl and I figured It wasn’t my turn yet, it was hers.

4. THE THREE QUALITIES THAT GOT ME WHERE I AM TODAY: A love of performing. Believing that when one door closes, another one will open. Patience.

5. MOMENT I FELT I MADE IT: When I got the lead in Once Upon a Mattress (an off-Broadway show) and was hired to be a regular on The Garry Moore Show in the same year.

6. EASIEST CAREER DECISION I’VE EVER MADE: Turning down a six-week job in Las Vegas paying a lot of money to be in a six-week run of Once Upon a Mattress. Turned out that Mattress moved up to Broadway and ran for a year.

7. WORST PITFALL OF THE JOB: The paparazzi.

8. CHANGE I’D LIKE TO SEE IN MY INDUSTRY: More women in higher positions. It’s getting better, but it’s not there yet.

9. HOW I MADE MY FIRST DOLLAR: I was an “usherette” at a movie theater on Hollywood Boulevard when I was in college for 65 cents an hour.

10. LAST THING I BINGE-WATCHED: Stranger Things.

11. BOOK THAT LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION ON ME: The Initiate: Some Impressions of a Great Soul, by Cyril Scott.

12. SONG THAT ALWAYS MAKES ME CRY: “Here’s That Rainy Day,” by Jimmy Van Heusen (composer) and Johnny Burke (lyricist).

13. MOVIE WITH THE GREATEST ENDING: Casablanca.

14. SONG I’D WANT PLAYED AT MY FUNERAL: “I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together” [the theme song from The Carol Burnett Show].

15. ON MY BUCKET LIST: To go to the moon and look at the earth.

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16. FOOD I’M NOT ASHAMED TO ADMIT I LOVE: Enchiladas.

17. HOW MY PERFECT DAY WOULD BEGIN: Coffee and the New York Times crossword puzzle.

18. HOW MY PERFECT DAY WOULD END: Watching only good news on television.

19. ONE THING I’M EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD AT: Listening.

20. ONE THING I’M EPICALLY BAD AT: Math.

21. SUPERPOWER I'D WANT TO HAVE: It would be fun to fly.

22. HOW I CLEAR MY MIND AFTER A CRAPPY DAY: By thinking there’s always a better day tomorrow.

23: SOMETHING NICE I DID FOR MYSELF RECENTLY: Ate pumpkin pie for dessert.

24. IF I COULD COMPETE IN AN OLYMPIC SPORT, I’D LIKE IT TO BE: Running.

25. MY FIRST KISS: Was from a dog.

26. ADVICE TO A WOMAN WITH A BROKEN HEART: It will pass.

27. THREE QUALITIES I THOUGHT I WANTED IN A PARTNER: Honesty, communication, and a great sense of humor.

28. THE THREE QUALITIES I KNOW NOW MATTER: See above.

29. MOMENT I KNOW I WAS IN LOVE: When he made me scream with laughter.

30. RELATIONSHIP ADVICE TO MY YOUNGER SELF: Hang in there, kid.

Follow her on Instagram @itscarolburnett.

A version of this article originally appeared in the May 2018 Issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands April 24.

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