The amazing Carol Burnett has made the most of each of her 83 years on earth — and she’s so generous she’s giving it all to you. Or to whoever buys her wise, humble, hilarious memoir, In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem and Fun in the Sandbox. Just published, Burnett’s memoir is already the No. 1 Bestseller at Amazon in the Performing Arts and the Television categories. For all the talk about youth dominating the culture, Burnett’s enduring popularity and ability to top the bestseller lists seems to indicate something else: talent dominates the culture. Whether it’s possessed by the likes of the octogenarian Burnett or the pre-teen ukulele-playing Grace VanderWaal on America’s Got Talent. (That show’s not called America’s Got Youth, after all.)
Maybe it’s just Burnett’s youthfulness that keeps her talent fresh. After all, the title of the book admits she likes to play in the sandbox. The “Good Company” of the title would seem to mean anybody who was somebody in show business during the decade-plus when her iconic variety show was on the air — from the Jackson 5 to the Dick Van Dyke and Joan Rivers. Plus the regular crew –Vickie Lawrence, Harvey Korman and Tim Conway, all-stars every one.