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Carol Burnett, Deborah Norville to Share Stage at M. D. Anderson Fundraiser

Comedian/actress/author to 'bump up the lights' with 'Inside Edition' anchor

M. D. Anderson News Release 09/11/07

Emmy-winning comedian, actress and author Carol Burnett will share highlights of her legendary career with approximately 1,200 fans and supporters of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Sept. 28 at A Conversation With a Living Legend, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. The event includes a luncheon and one-on-one interview with Deborah Norville of "Inside Edition."

A native of San Antonio, Burnett has endeared herself to American and international audiences during an accomplished and varied career spanning television, film and Broadway. Her 1986 bestselling "One More Time: A Memoir" inspired Burnett's daughter Carrie Hamilton to co-write the Broadway hit "Hollywood Arms" with her mother. Hamilton died of cancer in 2002.

Deborah Norville is a veteran broadcast journalist with nearly three decades of reporting experience. The syndicated news magazine anchor also is a sought-after lecturer and the author of four books, including two children's books.

Since its inception in 1990, A Conversation With a Living Legend in Dallas has raised more than $6.2 million for M. D. Anderson's research and patient care initiatives. The event has honored Rudolph W. Giuliani, James A. Baker III, Jack Nicklaus, Colin Powell, Barbara Bush, George H. W. Bush, Nolan Ryan, Lance Armstrong, Norman Schwarzkopf, Margaret Thatcher and Cal Ripken Jr., among others.

Celebrating more than six decades of Making Cancer History(r), M. D. Anderson is one of the world's most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. The institution, located in Houston on the campus of the Texas Medical Center, is one of the original three Comprehensive Cancer Centers designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971. M. D. Anderson ranks as the top hospital in the nation for cancer care in U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" survey published in July. This year's survey marks the fifth time in eight years that M. D. Anderson has achieved the highest ranking.

For ticket information, call 866-262-9029.
      
Carol Burnett bio:

Carol Burnett was born in San Antonio and raised in Hollywood under often-difficult economic circumstances. Burnett spent much of her youth in the care of her grandmother, Mabel Eudora White, the beloved "Nanny" for whom, years later, the comedian would fondly tug her ear at the end of television broadcasts. After graduating from Hollywood High School, Burnett saved $42 for tuition and entered UCLA as a journalism major, later switching to theater arts and English. An anonymous gift of $1,000 enabled the aspiring actress to move to New York City in her junior year. Burnett's first hit was the 1957 comedy song "I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles," followed by her 1959 Broadway debut in the George Abbott-Mary Rodgers musical "Once Upon a Mattress." She became a regular on the "Garry Moore Show," where she won her first Emmy in 1962, and teamed with friend Julie Andrews for "Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall," winning another Emmy. "The Carol Burnett Show" debuted in 1967, winning 22 Emmy Awards durig 11 years on CBS. Since then Burnett has starred in numerous feature films, television shows and stage productions. She was a 2003 Kennedy Center Honoree and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2005. Among her awards are six Emmys, five Golden Globes and the Peabody Award.

Deborah Norville bio:

Deborah Norville is the anchor of the syndicated newsmagazine "Inside Edition," viewed daily by approximately 5 million viewers nationwide and in 30 foreign countries. She also is an accomplished author. Her first book, "Back on Track: How to Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You a Curve" (Simon & Schuster, 1997), is a motivational self-help book that draws upon her experiences at NBC's "Today." "I Don't Want to Sleep Tonight" (Golden Books, 1999) offers children and their parents suggestions to keep scary dreams away at night. "I Can Fly" (Golden Books, 2001) offers advice on building children's self-esteem. Her latest effort, "Thank You Power:  Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You," is set for publication by Thomas Nelson, Inc. in October 2007. 09/11/07


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