76 Facts About Carol Burnett


Carol Creighton Burnett was born on April 26,1933 and is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer.


Carol Burnett's groundbreaking comedy variety show The Carol Burnett Show, which originally aired on CBS, was one of the first to be hosted by a woman.


Carol Burnett has performed on stage, television and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedic roles.


Carol Burnett has received numerous accolades including six Primetime Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, a Grammy Award, and seven Golden Globe Awards.


Carol Burnett attended Hollywood High School and eventually studied theater and musical comedy at UCLA.


Carol Burnett 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.


Carol Burnett had her television special debut in 1963 when she starred as Calamity Jane in the Dallas State Fair Musicals production of Calamity Jane on CBS.


Burnett moved to Los Angeles and began an 11-year run as star of The Carol Burnett Show on CBS television from 1967 to 1978.


Carol Burnett created many memorable characters during the show's run, and both she and the show won numerous Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.


Carol Burnett has given performances in the dramas 6 Rms Riv Vu and Friendly Fire ; in guest roles such as in Mad About You, for which she won an Emmy Award; and in various specials with Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton, and Beverly Sills.


Carol Burnett returned to the Broadway stage in 1995 in Moon Over Buffalo, receiving another Tony Award nomination.


Carol Burnett acted in the AMC drama Better Call Saul.


Carol Burnett has written and narrated several memoirs, earning Grammy nominations for almost all of them, including a win for In Such Good Company.


Carol Burnett was honored with an NBC special Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love celebrating her 90th birthday.


Carol Creighton Burnett was born on April 26,1933, at Nix Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Ina Louise, a publicity writer for movie studios, and Joseph Thomas Burnett, a movie theater manager.


Subsequently, her parents moved to Hollywood, and Carol Burnett moved with her grandmother to a one-room apartment near her mother.


When Carol Burnett was in second grade, she briefly invented an imaginary twin sister named Karen, with Shirley Temple-like dimples.


Carol Burnett's grandmother was a trained musician who could play the piano, and her mother played the ukulele, so they sometimes sang popular songs in harmony together around the kitchen table.


Carol Burnett worked as an usherette at the Warner Brothers Theater.


The manager observed Carol Burnett not letting the couple in and fired her, stripping the epaulettes from her uniform on the spot.


Carol Burnett replied "Right in front of where the old Warner Brothers Theater was, at Hollywood and Wilcox", which is where it was placed, at 6439 Hollywood Blvd.


Carol Burnett found she had to take an acting course to enter the playwright program.


Carol Burnett said you can always write, no matter what you look like.


Carol Burnett's conditions were simply that the loans were to be repaid within five years, his name was never to be revealed, and if she achieved success, she would help other aspiring talents to pursue their artistic dreams.


Carol Burnett took him up on his offer, and she and Saroyan left college and moved to New York to pursue acting careers.


Carol Burnett was cast in a minor role on The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show in 1955.


Carol Burnett played the girlfriend of a ventriloquist's dummy on the popular children's program.


In October 1960, Carol Burnett debuted at New York City's Blue Angel Supper Club, where she was discovered by scouts for The Jack Paar Show and The Ed Sullivan Show.


Carol Burnett won an Emmy Award that year for her "Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series" on the show.


Carol Burnett portrayed a number of characters, most memorably the put-upon cleaning woman.


Carol Burnett guest-starred on a number of shows during this time, including The Twilight Zone episode "Cavender Is Coming".


Carol Burnett returned to the show later but withdrew again to participate in a variety show, The Entertainers, opposite Caterina Valente and Bob Newhart.


Around the same time, Carol Burnett became good friends with Jim Nabors, who was enjoying great success with his series Gomer Pyle, USM.


In truth, Carol Burnett was offered Here's Agnes by CBS executives.


When Carol Burnett awoke on the day of her 56th birthday in 1989, she discovered via the morning news that Ball had died.


Carol Burnett chose to carry on the tradition of past variety show successes.


Carol Burnett made occasional returns to the stage in the 1970s and 1980s.


Carol Burnett opened most shows with an impromptu question-and-answer session with the audience, lasting a few minutes, during which she often demonstrated her ability to humorously ad lib.


Carol Burnett ended each show by tugging on her left ear, which was a message to her grandmother.


Carol Burnett starred in a few films while her variety show was running, including Pete 'n' Tillie and The Front Page.


Carol Burnett was nominated for an Emmy in 1974 for her role in the drama 6 Rms Riv Vu.


Carol Burnett appeared in several dramatic roles, most notably in the television movie Friendly Fire.


Carol Burnett appeared as Beatrice O'Reilly in the film Life of The Party: The Story of Beatrice, a story about a woman fighting her alcoholism.


Carol Burnett took the supporting role of Carlotta Campion in the 1985 concert performance of Stephen Sondheim's Follies.


Carol Burnett appeared briefly on The Carol Burnett Show's "The Family" sketches' spinoff, Mama's Family, as her stormy character, Eunice Higgins.


Carol Burnett played the matriarch in the cult comedy miniseries Fresno, which parodied the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest.


Carol Burnett returned to TV in the mid-1990s as a supporting character on the sitcom Mad About You, playing Theresa Stemple, the mother of main character Jamie Buchman, for which she won another Emmy Award.


Carol Burnett made frequent appearances as a panelist on the game show Password, an association she maintained until the early 1980s.


Carol Burnett had long been a fan of the soap opera All My Children and realized a dream when Agnes Nixon created the role of Verla Grubbs for her in 1983.


Carol Burnett played the long-lost daughter of Langley Wallingford, causing trouble for her stepmother Phoebe Tyler-Wallingford.


Carol Burnett made occasional appearances on the soap opera in each decade thereafter.


Carol Burnett hosted a 25th-anniversary special about the show in 1995 and made a brief cameo appearance as Verla Grubbs on the January 5,2005, episode which celebrated the show's 35th anniversary.


Carol Burnett reprised her role as Grubbs in September 2011 as part of the series' finale.


Carol Burnett starred in television films such as Seasons of the Heart.


Carol Burnett similarly returned to film in 2005 to star in a different role as Queen Aggravain in the movie version of Once Upon a Mattress.


Carol Burnett guest-starred in season two episodes of Desperate Housewives as Bree's stepmother, Elanor Mason.


Carol Burnett appeared on the reboot of Hawaii Five-0 as Steve McGarrett's Aunt Debbie.


In 2017, CBS aired The Carol Burnett Show: 50th Anniversary Special.


The event featured Carol Burnett, original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, costume designer Bob Mackie and special guests Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr.


Carol Burnett was announced as the first recipient of the award.


The Hollywood Foreign Press said in a statement, "For more than 50 years, comedy trailblazer Carol Burnett has been breaking barriers while making us laugh".


In June 2022, Carol Burnett guest starred in the second half of the sixth and final season of American drama series Better Call Saul, a spin-off, prequel, and sequel to Breaking Bad.


Carol Burnett was announced to be portraying a character named "Marion" on June 27,2022, by AMC.


Carol Burnett married her college sweetheart Don Saroyan on December 15,1955.


On May 4,1963, Carol Burnett married television producer Joe Hamilton, a divorced father of eight and brother of actress Kipp Hamilton who had produced her 1962 Carnegie Hall concert.


Carol Burnett later produced The Carol Burnett Show, among other projects.


Also in the 1980s, Carol Burnett participated in a publicity campaign for MedicAlert, of which she is symbolically the one-millionth member with the one-millionth bracelet.


Carol Burnett has enjoyed close friendships with Lucille Ball, Beverly Sills, Jim Nabors, Julie Andrews and Betty White.


Carol Burnett had an overbite resulting in a weak chin, and her daughter had an underbite.


Carol Burnett told the director John Huston that she was concerned about her chin looking different from entering the closet to exiting it, and he simply told her to "look determined".


Carol Burnett is already "educational rights holder", meaning that she is the one who makes decisions about her grandson's schooling.


Burnett has received 23 Primetime Emmy Award nominations with 6 wins for her work in The Garry Moore Show, Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, The Carol Burnett Show and Mad About You.


Carol Burnett received 18 Golden Globe Award nominations, winning 7 Awards, for her work on The Carol Burnett Show.


Carol Burnett received 3 Tony Awards and 3 Grammy Awards nominations, winning one of each.


Carol Burnett received various honors including 2 Peabody Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Carol Burnett has written and recorded three memoirs, each voice recording receiving a nomination for Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.