Carol had a rough childhood. She was raised by her grandmother who was married six times. Even when she died at age 81 she had a 40 year old boyfriend who was a jazz musician. Once Carol tried to move a lamp in her apartment and her grandmother told her, “Don’t move that lamp. That is my love lamp!” Both of her parents were alcoholics.
Having performed in comedies as well as dramas, she reveals in the book that she prefers performing in comedies over dramas. She appeared in films with Walter Matthau and Robert Altman. She also appeared in a recurring role on the sitcom as Helen Hunt’s mom in “Mad About You” in the 90’s. She hated it because with all the retakes for a sitcom, a taping could go on for 6 hours for a show that would be aired for 20 minutes minus commercials. Her live show with all the costume changes would only last 2 hours and it was a lot of fun.
A reality show is some cameras in a house with unscripted dialogue no writers and no costumes and pretty much no talent and the weirdo’s being filmed are rich for doing nothing. And, this junk is most of the “entertainment” we get to see today. Too bad we have to think of real talented entertainers as things of our past.