Carol Burnett married in secret

2001-12-05T17:00:00Z Carol Burnett married in secretDaily Herald Daily Herald
December 05, 2001 5:00 pm  • 

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Carol Burnett is spending time these days with new husband Brian Miller.

Burnett, 68, married Miller last month during a hush-hush ceremony. The couple appeared together last week at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington. Burnett publicist Deborah Kelman said Tuesday that the wedding date and details were being kept private.

It's the third marriage for Burnett, who has three daughters with ex-husband Joe Hamilton, including actress Carrie Hamilton.

Miller, whose age wasn't disclosed by Kelman, is a percussionist who plays with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Pantages Theatre Orchestra.

Burnett scored a ratings hit with her Nov. 26 CBS-TV special "The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers." It drew almost 30 million viewers.

The retrospective featured vintage outtakes as well as newly taped reminiscences by Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence.

The original comedy-variety series ran on CBS from 1967 to 1978.

Taking her pets

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hilary Swank says she's come a long way since she and her mother lived out of their car when they first arrived in Los Angeles so she could pursue acting.

"If you don't know any different, it's not like you are expecting to be in a suite at the Four Seasons," Swank, 27, told reporters recently. "It didn't seem strange. We didn't live in the car for a long time. We had $75 to our name. And that's the money we used to eat. And sometimes we'd use our Mobil (gas) card and eat at a minimart."

Swank, who won a best-actress Oscar for 1999's "Boys Don't Cry," insists on having her animals with her when she's on location.

"My two dogs, cat, a parrot and a bunny are always in my contracts. When I first got a lawyer after 'Boys Don't Cry,' she said, 'I just need to know what's your thing. Is it a chef? A trainer? A masseuse on set? What is it?' And I was like, 'Hmmm. My animals.' My animals complete me, I love them. They're my family."

Swank's "The Affair of the Necklace" is now in theaters.

Enjoying life now

TORONTO (AP) -- Mary Steenburgen says people need to be reminded of the message of her new movie, "Life as a House."

Steenburgen says the message is to appreciate the simple little things in life, and not take things for granted.

"I suppose there are people that live every single day of their life cherishing it as though it's going to be their last but for a lot of us, real life comes in and you forget," she told APTN.

"Life as a House" stars Kevin Kline as a dying architect who works to repair his relationship with his estranged family while building the house of his dreams.

Steenburgen plays Kline's next-door neighbor, a woman who seduces her daughter's boyfriend.

"I really try not to judge my characters. Now that it's all over, I can tell you I don't think that's such a smart thing to do," Steenburgen said with a laugh, "and I wouldn't do that. ... I wouldn't. I mean, it's such an injurious thing to do."

Steenburgen, 48, won a best-supporting actress Oscar for 1980's "Melvin and Howard."

Teaming up

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Travis Tritt says he'll sing with Patty Loveless "any day, anytime, anywhere."

The 38-year-old singer-songwriter recently teamed up with Loveless for several songs on her new bluegrass album, "Mountain Soul." And they just filmed the video for their duet "Out of Control Raging Fire."

Tritt told reporters that his participation in Ricky Skaggs' tribute album "Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe" last year led to this new aspect of his career.

"That gave me an opportunity to play banjo and also do a bluegrass song on that tribute album," he said.

Emory Gordy Jr., Loveless' husband-producer, called and invited Tritt to sing and play guitar on "Mountain Soul."

"He said, 'I just had no clue that you did that sort of thing. Patty's getting ready to do an Appalachian sort of mountain blues-type album. Would you come in and play guitar and sing on some of those songs with Patty?"

Tritt's glad he accepted the offer.

"It was one of the most enjoyable projects I've ever been a part of," he said. "She's one of my favorite people out there."

This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page D6.

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