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As we celebrate the first day of summer 2014, here are a few biographies you may be interested in reading. They are about people we most likely met on television and you might be wondering what happened to them after they weren’t on the tube anymore.

“This Time Together, Laughter and Reflection” by Carol Burnett

In the world of comedy, Carol Burnett resides in the pantheon of such legendary trailblazers as Lucille Ball and Sid Caesar. Even though television executives were reluctant at first to let her host a variety show, this particular real estate belonged to men, Carol prevailed and went on to star in the wildly successful “The Carol Burnett Show,” which lasted 11 seasons and won 25 Emmy Awards. The same talent for comedy and timing that she displayed on television is on every page of “This Time Together.” With a sharp eye and her trademark self-deprecating humor, Carol tells the story of her rise in show business and the people she’s met along the way, from such Hollywood greats as Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando, and Cary Grant to the family, cast, and audience members who’ve motivated her. The anecdotes range from the hilarious to the heartbreaking. Throughout these reminiscences, a portrait emerges of a totally down-to-earth, richly talented, and amusingly spunky woman whose life and career are moving, insightful, and ultimately inspiring. And just as she is grateful that her “time happened when it did,” readers will also be grateful that she has chosen to share the story of her life during a truly amazing time in theater and television history in such a funny, bighearted, and poignant way.

“Shirley Jones, a Memoir” by Shirley Jones and Wendy Leigh

She sang her way into America’s heart in classic films like “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel” and “The Music Man.” She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Elmer Gantry.” And she played one of television’s most beloved moms in the iconic 1970s sitcom, “The Partridge Family.”

– Arlette Dubord

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