REPLY ALL: Carol Burnett On Gandhi, Gone With The Wind And Crossword Puzzles
Marlo Thomas checks in with the big-voiced, big-hearted, legendary funny lady.
If you could write a personal slogan that you live by, what would it be?
“Every day when I wake up, I decide to love my life.” (That’s an original quote from my daughter, Carrie Hamilton.)
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My hair. I’d like to have a natural curl.
What is your greatest fear?
Giving a speech.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is your secret dream?
Who is your personal hero?
It’s a toss-up -- Gandhi and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Who or what always makes you laugh?
What is always at your bedside? In your purse? In your wallet?
Just the basics: Bedside, my clock. Purse, my wallet, keys and phone.
What do you collect?
I don’t collect.
What is your obsession?
The morning crossword puzzle -- the New York Times or L.A. Times. I’ll do either.
What book or movie can you read or watch a million times without ever getting tired of it?
The Shawshank Redemption and Gone With the Wind. Quite the double-bill, huh?
What is always in your refrigerator?
Yogurt, fruit and granola -- is that dull or what?
When you’re watching TV, what makes you want to throw the remote at the screen?
Mostly reality shows.
What do you find sexy? What turns you on?
Good music always does the trick.
What brings you peace?
My husband. He also makes me laugh.
Which song or songs would make the perfect soundtrack for your life?
“Anyone Can Whistle” (by Stephen Sondheim).
Who’s your favorite bad guy?
James Cagney in White Heat.
If you were a stripper, what would you choose for your stage name?
I have two -- either Holly Would or Pepper Grinder.
What's the most useless piece of advice you've ever received?
”Get over it.”
What do you remember most about your first kiss?
It was from a dog.
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