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"I peeked out of the curtains and there was this orange/red hair in the center, I was really nervous," says Burnett

By Rose Minutaglio
Updated January 31, 2016 11:35 AM
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You’ve got some ‘splainin to do!

Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild’s life achievement award honoree Carol Burnett dished backstage on her hilarious relationship with beloved pal Lucille Ball.

The comedian, 82, said the two “became very close friends,” after meeting backstage at Burnett’s off-Broadway show, Once Upon a Mattress

“I peeked out of the curtains and there was this orange/red hair in the center,” Burnett told reporters in the press room after the SAG Awards. “I was really nervous. After the show she came back to my funky little dressing room She sat and talked to me for about 25 minutes, and she called me ‘Kid.’ ”

The two funny-gals became such good friends that Ball eventually threw her a baby shower!

“It was a black-tie baby shower, with men attending!” Burnett said. “Her husband was comedian Gary Morton. He opened up the baby gifts and he did routines on everything.”

“It was one of the funniest things ever,” the actress added.

The two comedians remained in close contact over the years, and Ball would send flowers to Burnett on her birthday every year.

“She died on my birthday, on April 26th,” Burnett recalled. “That afternoon, I got flowers from her and it said ‘Happy Birthday, kid.'”

Reporting by SCOTT HUVER