Carol Burnett says she felt her slack daughter Carrie Hamilton’s presence on the evening she opened their play Hollywood Hands.
On the most recent episode of the Dear Multi-Hyphenate podcast, Burnett recalled a touching memory about Carrie, who died in 2002 of lung most cancers.
Host Michael Kushner asked the 89-year-historical comedian if she had any tales to portion about engaged on Hollywood Hands — a play tailored from Burnett’s memoir One More Time — with favorite theater director Hal Prince, who died in 2019.
Burnett suggested him that Prince turned into as soon as vastly supportive while she and her daughter wrote the pricetag, which opened at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago about three months after Carrie’s dying. It transferred to Broadway that identical year, nonetheless Carrie would never perceive her work fully realized on stage.
“Carrie handed away and I… Correctly, I am her mom, and I didn’t need to gain out of mattress,” the actress recalled. “And my husband — [the show was] going into previews — talked about, ‘Carol, you owe this no longer preferrred to Carrie nonetheless you owe it to Hal to gain.’ ”
Almost immediately after, Burnett and her husband, Brian Miller, flew to Chicago for the previews. “We’re on the aircraft, my husband and I, to Chicago, and I talked just a few exiguous prayer to Carrie,” she suggested Kushner. “I talked about, ‘I will be doing this nonetheless I don’t need to be by myself. Be with me. By some ability be with me. I need a signal you would per chance maybe well presumably furthermore very nicely be going be with me although you would per chance maybe well presumably furthermore very nicely be no longer contemporary physically.’ ”
When Burnett arrived at her lodge in Chicago, there turned into as soon as a large bouquet of birds-of-paradise flowers from Prince. “[Carrie] had a chicken of paradise tattooed on her apt shoulder. I known as Hal and talked about, How did you know?’ ” she remembered. ” ‘That turned into as soon as Carrie’s popular flower.’ And he talked about, ‘I didn’t. I right known as down and talked about ship up something exotic to Carol’s room.’ ”
The following day, Burnett, Miller and Prince went to dinner after rehearsal. “The maître d’ brought over a bottle of champagne, compliments of the administration, and on the ticket it talked about, ‘Louise,’ ” the six-time Emmy-successful actress talked about. “That turned into as soon as Carrie’s heart establish and my mother’s establish.”
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The last signal turned into as soon as rain on opening evening. “Carrie and I repeatedly cherished rain… and opening evening, it rained,” Burnett talked about. “So, I don’t know… a twist of fate presumably? But three issues and I right felt… I felt her.”
Carrie died from pneumonia, a complication from lung most cancers that spread to her mind.
Burnett previously spoke about her daughter in a 2018 interview with PEOPLE, pronouncing, “I judge of her each day.”
“She never leaves me,” the comedian talked about. “I right feel her.”
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Burnett talked about shedding her daughter is no longer something she’ll ever gain over.
“You don’t gain over it, nonetheless you cope,” she talked about at the time. “What else are you able to draw? When Carrie died, I didn’t need to gain out of mattress for a while, nonetheless I had a play to gain that we began that Hal Prince turned into as soon as going to dispute. I owed it to Carrie, and I owed it to Hal.”
Final month, the actress began to steer the worth to possess Broadway’s Majestic Theatre be renamed the Harold Prince Theatre. “Please be half of me on this labor of cherish to possess the Majestic Theatre renamed the Harold Prince Theatre. Submit a video pronouncing ‘The Majestic is match for a Prince’ (with the caption #themajesticisfitforaprince) and I will repost it,” she wrote on Instagram. “Collectively we can gain this a actuality!”