Actress/comedienne Carol Burnett Will Forever Be Grateful To The Generous Stranger Who Helped Her Pay Her Way Through College In California.
The Carol Burnett Show star always had a dream of attending the University of California, Los Angeles, but her family was unable to afford the tuition - until a mystery sponsor stepped in to donate the funds.
She says, "My grandmother raised me and we were living in a one-room apartment in Hollywood...
"I wanted to go to UCLA, but we had no money. Our rent was $30 a month and the tuition at the time... was $43, so we couldn't afford it... (But), I knew I was going to get to go. It wasn't like I wished or I had hopes or anything. I saw myself on campus, I knew I would get there, but I didn't know how.
"One morning I went to the... mailbox... and there was an envelope and I got it out and my name was on it... and I opened it up and there was a $50 bill and to this day I don't know where that came from... but I got to go to UCLA."
Burnett studied theatre arts and English while attending the school in the 1950s.