Carol Burnett

Actor, Comedian, Singer
An iconic figure in the history of American television comedy and an inspiration to both female and male comics for almost 50 years, Carol Burnett rose from a difficult childhood to become one of the most beloved ... Read more »
Born: 04/25/1933 in San Antonio, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (201)

Hawaii Five-O 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pioneers of Television 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Signed, Sealed, Delivered 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside Comedy 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret World of Arrietty 2012 (Movie)

Haru (Voice)

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1958 - 1964, 1987 - 1999, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Mad About You 1958 - 1964, 1987 - 1992, 1994 - 1999, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shatner's Raw Nerve 1994 - 1995, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Super Dave 1958 - 1964, 1987 - 1992, 1994 - 1999, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Garry Moore Show 1958 - 1964, 1994 - 1997, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1958 - 1964, 1987 - 1999, 2003, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glee 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Post Grad 2009 (Movie)

Grandma Maureen (Actor)

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Kangaroo (Actor)

TV's Funniest Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway: The Golden Age 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Squares 1998 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Putting It Together 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual People's Choice Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rosemary Clooney: Girl Singer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Trumpet of the Swan 2001 (Movie)

of Mrs Hammerbotham (Voice)

The 54th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Tim Conway: Just Clowning Around 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

William S. Paley: The Eye of CBS 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Carol Burnett 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Roddy McDowall: Hollywood's Best Friend 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marriage Fool 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan Alda: More Than Mr. Nice Guy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

American Comedy Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

At Home With Carol Burnett 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming Up Roses 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Stewart 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Moon Over Broadway 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 109th Tournament of Roses Parade 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tournament of Roses Parade 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Boris Karloff: The Gentle Monster 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Soap Break (12/29/95) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Stewart 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-Up 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Men, Movies & Carol 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The All My Children 25th Anniversary Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Movie That Changed My Life 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Carol Burnett: The Special Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Legend to Legend Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Harry Connick Jr. Christmas Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Total Exposure -- Privacy and the Press 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Noises Off 1992 (Movie)

Dotty Otley (Actor)

The Carol Burnett Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Wisecracks 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Carol & Company 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Children's Miracle Network Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tube Test 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie and Carol: Together Again 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Music Center 25th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Carol 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hostage 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Plaza Suite 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Secrets Women Never Share 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Digest Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Superstars and Their Moms 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual ACE Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is Your Life (11/26/87) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Star-Spangled Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Moments in Disney Animation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Superstars & Their Moms 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Happily Ever After 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

Neil Diamond... Hello Again 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Laundromat 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Burnett "Discovers" Domingo 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Mama's Family 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Annie 1982 (Movie)

Miss Hannigan (Actor)

Cheryl Ladd: Scenes From a Special 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Chu Chu and the Philly Flash 1981 (Movie)

Chu-Chu/Emily (Actor)

The Four Seasons 1981 (Movie)

Kate Burroughs (Actor)

Health 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Carol Burnett and Company 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve and Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Carol Burnett Show 1967 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

A Wedding 1977 (Movie)

Tulip Brenner (Actor)

Sills and Burnett at the Met 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Twigs 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt and the Girls 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Front Page 1974 (Movie)

Mollie Malloy (Actor)

Keep U.S. Beautiful 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Mattress 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby and His Friends 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Bacharach: Close To You 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Pete 'n' Tillie 1972 (Movie)

Tillie (Actor)

Li'l Abner 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Comedy Bowl 1 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

A Last Laugh at the 60's 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tim Conway Special 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perry Como Christmas Show 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainers 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? 1962 (Movie)

Stella Irving (Actor)

Stanley 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

6 Rms Riv Vu (TV Show)

Actor

Between Friends (TV Show)

Actor

Eunice (TV Show)

Actor

Follies in Concert (TV Show)

Actor

Friendly Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Mattress (TV Show)

Actor

Seasons of the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Show)

Actor

The Tale of Peter Rabbit (TV Show)

Actor

The Tenth Month (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Made in America 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

An iconic figure in the history of American television comedy and an inspiration to both female and male comics for almost 50 years, Carol Burnett rose from a difficult childhood to become one of the most beloved performers on television, both as a featured performer on series like "The Garry Moore Show" (CBS, 1950-1967) and as the star of her own acclaimed sketch comedy series, "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS, 1967-1978). Burnett was also an accomplished musical performer, netting a Tony Award for her star-making Broadway debut in "Once Upon a Mattress" (1959). Though her subsequent series efforts never equaled the heights achieved by "The Carol Burnett Show," she was frequently hailed for her guest appearances on numerous sitcoms, and also established herself as a formidable dramatic actress with the 1979 TV movie, "Friendly Fire." Burnett also enjoyed a sporadic movie career, with roles in films like Robert Altman's "A Wedding" (1978) and John Huston's "Annie" (1982), while always making headlines with her returns to the stage - most particularly in "Moon Over Buffalo" (1995) and "Putting It Together" (1999). In the next millennium, Burnett earned acclaim for guest stints on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) and "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ), proving that the comedic legend was still a powerful force on the small screen in whatever genre presented her.

Relationships

Joseph Burnett

Father
Suffered from alcoholism and left family when Burnett was eight years old died in 1954

Chris Frauchinger

Half-Sister
Younger daughter of Joseph Thomas Burnett and Louise Burnett

Joe Hamilton Producer

Husband
Married May 4, 1963 Divorced May 11, 1984

Carrie Hamilton

Daughter
Born December 5, 1963 father, Joe Hamilton battled a highly publicized drug problem later appeared in the play "Rent" and made short films wrote a play with her mother called "Hollywood Arms," which was adapted from Burnett's bestselling memoir, One More Time died in 2002 of lung and brain cancer at the age of 38

Erin Hamilton

Daughter
Born August 14, 1968 father, Joe Hamilton

Jody Hamilton

Daughter
Born January 18, 1967 father, Joe Hamilton

Ina Melton

Mother
Suffered from alcoholism died at age 47 in 1957

Brian Miller

Husband
Principal drummer for Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; 25 years Burnett's junior Married Nov. 24, 2001

Don Saroyan Producer

Husband
Married Dec. 15, 1955 Divorced Sept. 25, 1962

EDUCATION

Hollywood High School

Los Angeles , California
Graduated; was the editor of the school paper

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1953 - 1955
Appeared in a production of "Annie, Get Your Gun"

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1953 - 1955
Appeared in a production of "Annie, Get Your Gun"

Milestones

2012

Voiced the character Hara in the U.S. release of the Studio Ghibli animated fantasy film "The Secret World of Arrietty"

2010

Guest starred as Sue Sylvester's (Jane Lynch) mother on Fox musical comedy series "Glee"

2010

Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album, This Time Together: Laughter And Reflection

2009

Played Alexis Bledel's eccentric mother in the film "Post Grad"

2009

Earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for her role in "Law and Order: SVU" as faded ballet star Bridget 'Birdie' Sulloway

2008

Voiced Sour Kangaroo in the animated feature "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!"

2006

Guest-starred on ABC's "Desperate Housewives" as Bree Van de Kamp's (Marcia Cross) stepmother

2005

Played the villainous Queen Aggravainin in the ABC production of "Once Upon a Mattress"

2002

With daughter Carrie co-wrote the Broadway play "Hollywood Arms," adapted from Burnett's bestselling memoir

1999

Returned to Broadway musicals as the star of "Putting It Together," a revue of Stephen Sondheim songs

1996

Appeared as the mother of Jamie Buchman (Helen Hunt) on the NBC sitcom "Mad About You"

1995

Returned to Broadway after 30 years in comedy with "Moon Over Buffalo"; earned a Tony nomination; show was subject of a behind-the-scenes documentary "Moon Over Broadway"

1991

Returned to TV with new CBS variety hour "The Carol Burnett Show"; also debuted as executive producer

1990

Headlined short-lived comedy anthology "Carol & Company" (NBC)

1987

Published her memoir One More Time

1983

Landed recurring role on "All My Children" (ABC) as Verla Grubbs, a character created for her by series creator Agnes Nixon

1983

Played Eunice Higgins opposite Thelma Harper's Thelma 'Mama' Harper on the sitcom "Mama's Family" (NBC, Syndicated)

1975

Played four roles (three sisters and their mother) in the first TV adaptation of the four-part stage comedy-drama "Twigs"

1969

Appeared on stage at the Huntington Hartford Theater in "Plaza Suite"; returned seven years later for "Same Time, Next Year" (1977)

1967

Played recurring role of a tough career marine on the popular CBS sitcom "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."

1967

Headlined and produced the CBS comedy-variety program "The Carol Burnett Show" (later syndicated as "Carol Burnett and Friends")

1964

Hosted CBS variety series "The Entertainers" on a rotating basis with Bob Newhart and Catarina Valente

1964

Returned to Broadway to star in the musical "Fade Out, Fade In"

1963

Film debut, "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?"

1963

Co-starred with Julie Andrews on CBS special "Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall"

1962

Appeared as a klutzy usher helped by a bungling apprentice angel in "Cavender Is Coming" on the "Twilight Zone" (CBS)

1959

Joined the primetime variety series "The Garry Moore Show" (CBS) as a regular

1959

Offered a ten-year, $1 million contract for her exclusive services by CBS

1959

Broadway debut as Princess Winifred in "Once Upon a Mattress"

1958

Was a regular panelist on TV quiz program "Stump the Stars" (CBS, ABC)

1957

Made New York nightclub debut at the Blue Angel

1957

Song she introduced in New York cabarets, "I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles" landed her guest spots on the Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan shows

1956

First appeared on Garry Moore's daytime variety program

1956

Played Celia, Buddy Hackett's girlfriend on the short-lived TV sitcom "Stanley" (NBC)

1955

TV debut on th Saturday morning children's program "The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show" (NBC) as dummy Jerry's girlfriend

1955

Organized "The Rehearsal Club Revue of 1955" which led to her TV debut

1954

Moved to NYC at age 21 and performed in industrial shows

1940

Moved to Hollywood with her grandmother, where she was raised in a boarding house

Founded independent production company Kalola Productions with Marcia Brandwynne

Was given $1,000 by a benefactor (who saw her perform at a society party) to go to New York and launch her professional career on the condition of anonymity and the promise to repay the money by helping others if she ever became a success

Stage debut in a production of "Annie, Get Your Gun" at UCLA

Bonus Trivia

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The actress received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Emerson College of Boston in 1980.

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Burnett and daughter Jody had osteotomies surgically performed in the early 1980s to relieve recurring headaches, and improve her chin and overbite.

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In 1981, Burnett successfully sued the National Enquirer for libel after the tabloid newspaper described her alleged public drunkenness. The case was a landmark for libel cases involving celebrities, although the unprecedented $1.6 million verdict for Burnett was reduced to about $200,000 on appeal, and eventually settled out of court.

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Burnett was named Jack Benny Humanitarian of the year by the March of Dimes in 1982.

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She was given the International Radio and Television Society's Gold Medal in 1984.

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Burnett was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1985.

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Burnett was named the Grand Marshal of the 1998 Tournament of Roses Parade.

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In November 1998, she donated materials relating to "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS) to the UCLA archives.

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Burnett was a recipient of the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors at the age of 70.

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President George W. Bush awarded Burnett the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

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