CAROL BUR­NETT IS GO­ING BALD!

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BELOVED comic Carol

Bur­nett is go­ing bald — the fi­nal in­sult af­ter a life­time of tragedy and stress!

Although the 85-year-old TV leg­end tries to hide her dra­mat­i­cally re­ced­ing hair­line, med­i­cal ex­perts in­sist many post-menopausal women go bald — and it’s noth­ing to be ashamed of.

New York in­ternist Dr. Stu­art Fis­cher, who hasn’t treated the star, says Carol’s “frontal bald­ing” may be due to “stress” or other health is­sues, in­clud­ing “thy­roid dis­ease, au­toim­mune ill­ness and most im­por­tantly, the side ef­fect of many med­i­ca­tions.”

The doc notes, “Al­most any med­i­ca­tion could the­o­ret­i­cally cause hair loss — for ex­am­ple, steroids for se­vere arthri­tis as well as an­tide­pres­sants.”

He says, “Ro­gaine sham­poo is help­ful in the ear­li­est stages, as are cer­tain nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments.”

Trans­plants can also be ef­fec­tive, but they “won’t help if bald­ing is due to a se­ri­ous ill­ness” or ex­treme stress, adds Fis­cher.

“Cer­tainly, Carol has been through a lot dur­ing her life,” says a source.

She was raised in poverty by her beloved grandma and di­vorced twice be­fore find­ing hap­pi­ness with cur­rent hubby Brian Miller.

But her great­est blow was the tragic death of her old­est daugh­ter with sec­ond hus­band Joe Hamil­ton, Car­rie. Af­ter help­ing teenage Car­rie beat booze and drugs, Carol was shat­tered when the 38-year-old died bat­tling lung and brain can­cer in 2002.

The star, who also has daugh­ters Jody, 51, and Erin, 50, ad­mits she’s haunted by Car­rie, say­ing: “I think of her ev­ery day. She never leaves me. I just feel her.”

The source says, “She’s fac­ing her own mor­tal­ity and she’s miss­ing Car­rie ter­ri­bly. She’s also seen the TV in­dus­try pass her by and may be feel­ing a lit­tle in­signif­i­cant.

“All of the stress has left her weak and wreaked havoc on her health — and hair­line.”

The quirky comic looked happy and healthy in 1989 Nearly two decades later, the 85-yearold fun­ny­gal looks very much her age

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