Archive for the ‘"Carol Burnett Show"’ Category

Bob Mackie on Divas, Dresses, and More!

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Bob Mackie’s name alone conjures up certain iconic celebrities: Cher, Carol Burnett, Barbie… In his Archive interview, Mackie talks about the many incredible stars for whom he’s designed, including Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and Elton John, and discusses how he not only loves designing flashy pieces, but everyday-wear, too. In the clip below, Mackie discusses the single piece of clothing for which he’s most famous: the curtain rod dress he made for The Carol Burnett Show’s spoof of Gone With the Wind:

Watch Bob Mackie’s full interview here:

About this interview:

In his interview for the Archive of American Television, Bob Mackie recounts his earliest experiences in Hollywood working for respected designers Edith Head and Jean Louis. He discusses working with Ray Aghayan on The Judy Garland Show, and recalls the notable television specials with which he was involved, including Brigadoon, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Carousel and Kismet. Mackie details his eleven-year tenure on The Carol Burnett Show, and explains the weekly requirements for designing costumes for the complex, ensemble show. He speaks fondly of designing costumes for Burnett’s most memorable characters: southern belle Starlett O’Hara from “Went With the Wind,” dim-bulb secretary Mrs. Wiggins, shrill Eunice Harper Higgens, and fading legend Nora Desmond. Mackie describes his successful collaboration with Cher, beginning on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and continuing with Cher, The Sonny and Cher Show, and her various television, concert, and public appearances (including her well-known Academy Award outfits). He also comments on his designs for Donny and Marie, The Diahann Carroll Show, and such feature films as “Lady Sings the Blues” and “Funny Lady.” He speaks about his most recent work, including a line of collectible dolls for Mattel’s Barbie, more television collaborations with Carol Burnett, and television specials including Gypsy and Mrs. Santa Claus. Finally, he reminisces about designing for such performers as Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, Carol Channing, Elton John, Dinah Shore, Ann-Margret, Mitzi Gaynor and Lucille Ball. Jennifer Howard conducted the three hour interview in North Hollywood, CA on June 29, 2000.

A Curtain Rod on a Sassy Broad: Burnett’s “Went with the Wind!” Turns 35

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

“I saw it in the window and I just couldn’t resist it.”

That plush green velvet, those stringy gold tassels, that sturdy curtain rod…  “Starlet O’Hara’s” make-shift drapery dress is one of THE most recognizable ensembles in all of television. And Starlet sashaying down the grand staircase, proud as punch of her outfit, garnered one of TV’s biggest laughs. The Carol Burnett Show’s “Went with the Wind!” sketch turns 35 today, first airing on November 13, 1976 on CBS. The skit starred Carol Burnett as Starlet, Harvey Korman as “Rat Butler,” Vicki Lawrence as “Sissy,” Tim Conway as “Brashley Wilkes,” and Dinah Shore as Brashley’s devoted wife, “Melody Hamilton.” Though the curtain rod dress is the scene-stealer, the full sketch is almost 20 minutes long and pays homage to many of Gone with the Wind’s most memorable moments, including Scarlett’s closing monologue, her perilous fall down the stairs, Prissy’s questionable knowledge about birthin’ babies, and Rhett’s famous last line.

The Archive is honored to have conducted interviews with several of the “Went with the Wind!” players. In her 2003 interview, Miss Starlet herself, Carol Burnett, said the following of Starlet’s show-stopping dress:

“That was Bob Mackie. When I came in for costume fittings that Wednesday, and we taped on Friday, the original gag about the curtain rod was that Starlet pulls the curtains down and says, ‘I’m going to make me a dress.’  And it had been written that I come down the stairs with everything just kind of hanging, which would have been funny.  But I went into costumes that day, and Bob says, ‘I have an idea.’  And he brought out the curtain rod with the green curtains on it.  And I fell on the floor. I said, “this is the most brilliant sight gag I think, ever.”

Bob Mackie, too, shared his memories of the curtain rod dress:

Vickie Lawrence, “Sissy,” spoke of the “Went with the Wind!” writers and Harvey Korman’s preparations for the role of “Rat Butler:”

And Harvey Korman and Tim Conway discussed Korman’s spot-on Rhett Butler impression:

- by Adrienne Faillace

For more on The Carol Burnett Show’s “Went with the Wind!” and to view the sketch, visit our show page

Noted TV Producer Bob Banner Dies at 89

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

We’ve just learned that legendary TV producer Bob Banner has passed away at 89.

Banner was one of the pioneers in  the new medium of television, beginning his career at WBKB, and later WMAQ in Chicago — part of the historic “Chicago School” — where he worked on Kukla, Fran and Ollie and produced Garroway at Large. He later moved to the The Fred Waring Show in New York and then produced The Dinah Shore Chevy Show among others.  He also executive produced a number of memorable TV movies (including My Sweet Charlie) and many variety series including The Carol Burnett Show, Solid Gold, Star Search and It’s Showtime at the Apollo. The Archive of American Television interviewed him in 1999.

“Bob was a true television legend,” says John Shaffner, Chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “Over a long and elegant career he produced much memorable programming.  He mentored so many of us, educating and encouraging young people to enter the television profession, including myself so many years ago. The television community has lost one its founders, and it is a deep personal loss for many of us. We will remember him with fondness and gratitude.”

Bob Banner interview excerpt on how he would like to be remembered:

Watch his full Archive of American Television interview here.

New to DVD: The Archive of American Television Interview with TIm Conway and Harvey Korman

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

TV legends Tim Conway and Harvey Korman get serious in their interviews for the TV Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television. In this 3-disc set, each is interviewed separately about their solo careers, and then the two are brought together to discuss their longtime partnership, including their work on “The Carol Burnett Show.” You can watch the interviews here at EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG, or order the DVD directly from Amazon.

Beloved Comedian Harvey Korman Has Died– Archive Interview Online

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Harvey Korman, known for his work as a regular on The Carol Burnett Show and in the films of Mel Brooks, has died at the age of 81. The Archive interviewed Korman together with his frequent comedy partner Tim Conway in 2004.

Harvey Korman was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 2002.

Click here to access his Archive Interview.
Click here to access the Archive Interview with Harvey Korman & Tim Conway.

Interview Description:
Harvey Korman was interviewed for three hours in Beverly Hills, CA, consisting of two parts: one-and-a-half hours with comedy partner Tim Conway, and one-and-a-half hours alone. Korman spoke about studying under actress Uta Hagen and talked about some of his earliest television roles. He spoke thoughtfully about working with several legendary comics including Danny Kaye, Lucille Ball, and Jack Benny. He and Tim Conway spoke in great detail about their years on The Carol Burnett Show, including descriptions of famous characters and sketches. They also talked about their work in recent years touring the country with their two-man stage show. Korman talked about headlining several short-lived series and his thoughts on being better suited as a second banana. Additionally he spoke about his work as a voice actor, playing “The Great Gazoo” on The Flintstones, and his feature film collaborations with Mel Brooks and Blake Edwards.

Birthday Wishes to Harvey Korman Who Turns 80 Today

Thursday, February 15th, 2007


Harvey Korman— Carol Burnett Show regular, Mel Brooks films ensemble player, and The Flintstones‘ Great Gazoo— turns 80 years old today.

The Archive asks: What are your favorite comedy moments from Harvey Korman’s career?

Click here to access the Archive of American Television Interview with Harvey Korman.

Click here to access the Archive of American Television Interview with Harvey Korman and Tim Conway discussing their work together.

Yes, Yes, Nanette Fabray’s Archive of American Television Interview Is Now Online

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Get set to watch tonight’s 58th Annual Emmy Awards on NBC (8 p.m.EST)! In celebration, we’ve chosen to highlight one of the medium’s most versatile performers, Nanette Fabray. Fifty Emmys-years ago, at the 1956 Emmy Awards ceremony, Fabray won an Emmy for Best Comedienne (winning out against nominees Gracie Allen, Eve Arden, Lucille Ball and Ann Sothern) AND she picked up an Emmy for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work on Caesar’s Hour!


Her 3-hour Archive of American Television interview is available for viewing on Google Video.
Click here to access all Nanette Fabray interview segments.
Remember, if you’d like to watch the interview in chronological order, select the parts in order (1,2,3…).

About the interview:
Fabray talks about her early years in theater and in early experimental television where she served as an NBC “color girl” — where women of particular complexions were cast to calibrate the then-new color cameras. She speaks in great detail about her work with Sid Caesar on the variety series Caesar’s Hour — including some of the series most memorable comedy sketches including “Shadow Waltz” (a take-off on Your Hit Parade) and “The Commuters” (a recurring high-strung-husband and his wife sketch). She discusses her own short-lived series Yes Yes Nanette as well as guest appearances on such series as The Carol Burnett Show, The Jerry Lewis Show, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (she played Mary’s mom). She talks about her recurring role on the CBS sitcom One Day at a Time, where she plays Ann Romano’s mother. She also discusses her passion for raising awareness of hearing impairment issues. The interview was conducted by Jennifer Howard on August 12, 2004.