Carol Creighton Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer. She is best known for her groundbreaking comedy variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, originally aired on CBS. Burnett has achieved success on stage, television and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedic roles.
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Carol Creighton Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer. She is best known for her groundbreaking comedy variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, originally aired on CBS. She has achieved success on stage, television and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedic roles. Burnett has written and narrated several memoirs, earning Grammy nominations for almost all of them, and a win for In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox. In 2013, Burnett was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2019, the Golden Globes named an award after her for career achievement in television, called the Carol Burnett Award, and Burnett received its first award. Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas, on April 26, 1933, the daughter of Ina Louise, a publicity writer for movie studios, and Joseph Thomas Burnett, a movie theater manager. Her maternal grandparents were William Henry Creighton and Mabel Eudora “Mae” Jones. At a young age she was left with her grandmother. Her parents divorced in the late 1930s, her mother then moved to Hollywood and she and her grandmother moved to a one-room apartment near her mother’s in an impoverished area of Hollywood, California. When Burnett was in second grade, she briefly invented an imaginary twin sister named Karen, with Shirley Temple-like dimples. When she was nine, she taught herself how to do the Tarzan yell, which she later was a fan of.
For a while, she worked as an content editor for The Warner Brothers Theater. She later worked as a writer for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Strangers. In 2005, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush for enhancing the lives of millions of Americans and for her extraordinary contributions to American entertainment. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and three children. She and her husband have a daughter and son-in-law, both of whom live in New York, New York and Los Angeles. The couple have a son and a daughter- in-law who live in San Francisco. They have three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family has three great-great-grandchildren and two step-granddaughters. The Burnetts have two great- grandchildren and a step-son and one step- granddaughter. They also have a great- grandson and a grandson who lives in New Jersey and New York City. Burnett and her family have three grown-up step-daughters and one grand-granddaughter. She had a breakout success on Broadway in 1959 in Once Upon a Mattress, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She soon made her television debut, regularly appearing on The Garry Moore Show for the next three years, and won her first Emmy Award in 1962. On television, she has appeared in other sketch shows; in dramatic roles in 6 Rms Riv Vu and Friendly Fire ; in various well-regarded guest roles, such as in Mad About You.