What’s Carol Burnett Doing for Her 90th Birthday?

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Happy 90th Birthday Carol Burnett!

Carol doesn’t want balloons, cakes or confetti to celebrate her 90th birthday. Instead, the legendary comedian received the best gift ever as her friends and half of Hollywood gathered earlier this month to roast the comic in variety-show-like fashion for NBC’s Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Love + Laughter airing tonight at 8pm ET/PT.

Carol sat next to her best chum Julie Andrews where the two held hands, shared memories and dabbed a tear or two as they took a beautiful trip down memory lane. Andrews said that the two have been chums for over 60 years and have shared so many dinners, phone calls and oh-so-many laughs.

Carol Burnett Takes Us Behind the Scenes for Her 90th Birthday Bash on NBC

Tonight, however, on her actual birthday [April 26, 1933] she plans to tune in from home.

“Oh, we’re going to go out to dinner with some friends and then come back and watch the show, because some of them weren’t in the audience when we did it,” Carol tells us. “So it’ll be kind of toned down, certainly nothing like what we did [earlier this month for the NBC special].”

After celebrating 90 in such a big way with the NBC special and all of the celebrities she has met over her career, we asked Carol if there were ever times when she was actually starstruck.

“Oh, definitely when I met Jimmy Stewart. And definitely when I met Cary Grant. Definitely when I met Lucille Ball. Bing Crosby. I can go on and on and on, because I’ve always been a fan. Just for this one, when I met Billy Porter, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I just love your work. I love what you do.’ That’s why I always had that autograph book at the end of my show.”

Carol Burnett in 1970

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As for what keeps Carol happy these days? The self-described “Energizer Bunny” still loves working, in fact she has another new project coming out later this year on Apple TV+ called Palm Royale. She also enjoys hearing from fans.

“I’m getting fan mail from 10-year-olds and teenagers and young adults. That makes me happy, too. That our show [The Carol Burnett Show], after all these years, still makes people laugh and that they’re watching it on YouTube, Shout and MeTV and box sets and all of that. There’s a saying that I like: ‘People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.’”

Carol’s made us feel the joy of laughter for so many years, join us in celebrating the icon tonight by watching the NBC special beginning at 8pm ET/PT and sharing a birthday wish or memory with the star herself.

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