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Carol Burnett is a comedian and actress who had a long-running sketch and variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, in the 1960s and '70s.
Carol Burnett reads from her new book Carrie and Me, a tribute to her late daughter Carrie Hamilton. Excerpted from the audiobook Carrie and Me, read by Carol Burnett. Audio courtesy of Simon & Schuster.
Host William Shatner talks with performer Carol Burnett about her grueling schedule as the star of “The Carol Burnett Show.”
William Shatner talks to comedian Carol Burnett about a nightmarish childhood experience at the dentist’s office.
A preview of William Shatner's interview with Carol Burnett on "Shatner's Raw Nerve."
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Over her decades-long career, Burnett has won numerous honors, including American Comedy Awards, Emmy and Golden Globe awards, the 1980 Women in Film Crystal Award, the 2006 Presidential Medal of Freedom and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Burnett received a unique honor in 2009. One of her costumes from The Carol Burnett Show was added to the collection of the Smithsonian's American History Museum. The dress selected was from her famed spoof of Gone With the Wind. The following year, she looked back on her career with the autobiography This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection.
In recent years, Burnett has been appearing at theaters across the country. Each performance is an unscripted event with Burnett forming a dialogue with the audience. The inspiration for this style of show comes from the question and answer session she used to do at the beginning of each episode of The Carol Burnett Show.
In 2013, Burnett won one of greatest honors bestowed on comedians. She received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center Honors held that October. Tina Fey was among those who helped celebrate Burnett's work at the event. According to the Huffington Post, Fey told Burnett that "I fell in love with sketch comedy watching your show, and you proved sketch comedy is a good place for women." Just months later in 2013, Burnett became a recipient of Kennedy Center Honors.
Burnett has been married three times. She first wed Don Saroyan in 1955. They split up in 1962. The following year, Burnett married Joe Hamilton. The couple had three daughters—Carrie, Jody and Erin—before divorcing in 1984. Burnett has been married to Brian Miller since 2001.
In 2002, Burnett suffered a devastating loss when her oldest daughter Carrie died of cancer. She later established the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse in her honor. More than a decade after Carrie's passing, Burnett explored her relationship with her late daughter in the 2013 memoir Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story. The book details Carrie's struggles with addiction and her valiant fight against her cancer.
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