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Carol Burnett to publish memoir about her daughter

Carol BurnettCarol Burnett will publish a memoir with Simon & Schuster, the publisher announced Tuesday. "Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story," about Burnett and her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, will come to shelves in April 2013.

Hamilton died of cancer in 2002, at the age of 38. She was, like her mother, an actress, and also a writer. The two penned a play together, based on a memoir Burnett had written. They occasionally appeared on television together, including acting in "Hostage," a 1988 CBS television movie.

“This has been a labor of love for me over the years, and I’m thrilled that Simon & Schuster is going to publish it,” Burnett said in a news release.

In Burnett's book, she takes on both the joys and trials of parenting, including Hamilton's struggle with and recovery from a teenage drug addiction, working creatively together, and seeing her daughter through her illness.

“This is a book every parent can relate to,” said Trish Todd, vice president and executive editor of Simon & Schuster, who acquired the book. “The joys and worries we all experience as parents are here, and Carol tells the story with her trademark humor, brave honesty and genuine emotion. It’s a book full of love.”

In addition to the narrative, the book includes a short story Hamilton was working on when she died and some of Burnett's personal diaries. The loss of a child is, of course, tremendously sad, and the prospect of grappling with that loss in print daunting, as Joan Didion showed in "Blue Nights." However, "Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story," promises to include -- as is no doubt inevitable with Carol Burnett -- a fair dose of humor.

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-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Carol Burnett and her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, in 1988. Credit: CBS

 
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