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Carol Burnett's Bittersweet Journey

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After a limited run in Chicago that drew mixed reviews, “Hollywood Arms,” a play written by TV great Carol Burnett and her late daughter, Carrie Hamilton, will open Oct. 31 at Broadway’s Cort Theater, with previews starting Oct. 8, reports Playbill.com. Tony winner Hal Prince (“Sweeney Todd”) directs the drama, which chronicles Burnett’s childhood growing up in the movie capital with a protective grandmother and an alcoholic mother. Earlier this week, reports the Associated Press, Burnett, 69, went to Arkansas, where she brought some of Hamilton’s ashes to Belleville, the town where Burnett’s grandmother, Mabel Eudora Jones Creighton White, grew up. (Hamilton, 38, died in January of cancer-related pneumonia.) The occasion was a merry one, says the news service, with Burnett, backed by a bluegrass band, telling a crowd of adoring fans, “This is my first trip to Belleville, and I feel the energy, warmth, love and friendship from all of you,” she said. “This has been one of the best times of my life, to meet you and spend time in the town my grandmother told me so much about.” Friday night, on ABC’s “20/20,” Burnett speaks publicly about her daughter’s death for the first time, telling Barbara Walters about her grief: “It comes and goes. It’s the hardest thing anybody can go through.”