Erma Bombeck, America’s Funniest Mother

“Every working mother in the country owes something to Erma Bombeck,” says Aaron Priest, her longtime agent.

A woman who went from a housewife to a best-selling author on Johnny Carson’s couch in practically the blink of an eye, Erma Bombeck was known and loved as America’s funniest mother.

Here, Bill Bombeck (Erma’s husband), bestselling author Susan Isaacs; Betsy Bombeck (Erma’s daughter), and Norma Born (Erma’s longtime assistant) celebrate her life and legacy — and her ability to find the humor in every situation.