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“I do what I do because of her,” Watson said. “For me, she was it. She was the female comedian I wanted to be most like.”

Vicki Lawrence, a co-star with Burnett on “The Carol Burnett Show,” who is perhaps best known for playing “Mama” in sketches with Burnett, said she was planning to be a dental hygienist before she knew Burnett.

“I was going to be cleaning teeth somewhere,” she said, “and I guess she changed that.”