Born April 26, 1933 – San Antonio, Texas
While born in Texas, and raised in Hollywood, Carol Burnett found her earliest success in the nightclubs of New York City, where her performances earned her spots on shows including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Jonathan Winters Show, and Jack Paar’s Tonight Show. Her breakout would come soon after in the form of the musical comedy Once Upon A Mattress, her Broadway debut that would garner a Tony Award nomination. At the same time, she was hired and would find greater fame as a cast member on The Garry Moore Show, where she would remain for more than 130 episodes and win her first Emmy Award. The signs had been pointing to something bigger, and that would come in September of 1967 with the debut of The Carol Burnett Show. The show, the first real one-hour comedy variety show to be hosted by a woman, would make bigger stars of its cast made up of Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, and Lyle Waggoner, and eventually Tim Conway, and go on to win 25 Emmy Awards.
Burnett would also appear in successful films including Pete ‘n’ Tillie, The Front Page, The Four Seasons, and Annie, and later on, would make recurring guest appearances on shows like The Larry Sanders Show and Mad About You (for which she would receive another Emmy).
In recent years, with her Tarzan call and ear tug in tow, she has toured extensively with Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter and Reflection Where The Audience Asks Questions.
A selected list of honours she has received over the years includes 2 Peabody Awards, 6 Emmys, 2 Crystal Awards, a Grammy, 6 Golden Globes, induction into the Television Hall Of Fame, The Kennedy Centre Honors, and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.