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Birth information

26 April 1933 San Antonio, Texas, USA

Given Name

Carol Creighton Burnett

How tall is Carol Burnett?

1.69 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Brian Miller
Joe Hamilton
Don Saroyan

Life Story of Carol Burnett

The entertainment world has enjoyed a five-decade love affair with comedienne/singer Carol Burnett. A peerless sketch performer and delightful, self-effacing personality who rightfully succeeded Lucille Ball as the carrot-topped "Queen of Television Comedy," it was Burnett's traumatic childhood that set the stage for her comedy.

Carol's rags-to-riches story started out in San Antonio, Texas, on April 26, 1933, where she was born to Ina Louise (Creighton) and Joseph Thomas "Jodie" Burnett, both of whom suffered from acute alcoholism. As a child, she was left in the care of a beloved grandmother, who shuttled the two of them off to Hollywood, California, where they lived in a boarding house and shared a great passion for the Golden Age of movies. The plaintive, loose-limbed, highly sensitive Carol survived her wallflower insecurities by grabbing attention as a cut-up at Hollywood High School. A natural talent, she attended the University of California and switched majors from journalism to theater. Scouting out comedy parts on TV and in the theater, she first had them rolling in the aisles in the mid-1950s performing a lovelorn novelty song called "I Made a Fool of...

Significant features of Carol Burnett

Tugs on her left ear during all on-camera appearances as a way of saying "Hello" to her grandmother. It was her grandmother who raised her and took her to the movies all the time.
On The Carol Burnett Show (1967), her favorite on stage Tarzan yell
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How much money has Carol Burnett earned?

The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show (1950) $115 /week
The United States Steel Hour (1953) $5,000 for one show

Publications and Magazines about Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett One More Time. 1986
Carol Burnett This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection. 2010
J. Randy Taraborrelli Laughing Til It Hurts: The Complete Life and Career of Carol Burnett. 1988

Biographical movies about Carol Burnett

Biography: "Carol Burnett: Just to Have a Laugh" 1996

What movies did Carol Burnett play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special (2017) , The Wonderful World of Disney (2005) , The Carol Burnett Show: Let's Bump Up the Lights (2004) , Carol Burnett: Show Stoppers (2001) , Southern Star: A Portrait of Atlanta (1996) , The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion (1993) , The Carol Burnett Show (1991) , A Conversation with... (1989) , Plaza Suite (1987) ,
Actors Filmography
Sorta Like a Rock Star , Toy Story 4 (2019) Chairol Burnett, Angie Tribeca (2018) President Priscilla Filcox, Signed,...

Birth information

26 April 1933 San Antonio, Texas, USA

Given Name

Carol Creighton Burnett

How tall is Carol Burnett?

1.69 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Brian Miller
Joe Hamilton
Don Saroyan

Life Story of Carol Burnett

The entertainment world has enjoyed a five-decade love affair with comedienne/singer Carol Burnett. A peerless sketch performer and delightful, self-effacing personality who rightfully succeeded Lucille Ball as the carrot-topped "Queen of Television Comedy," it was Burnett's traumatic childhood that set the stage for her comedy.

Carol's rags-to-riches story started out in San Antonio, Texas, on April 26, 1933, where she was born to Ina Louise (Creighton) and Joseph Thomas "Jodie" Burnett, both of whom suffered from acute alcoholism. As a child, she was left in the care of a beloved grandmother, who shuttled the two of them off to Hollywood, California, where they lived in a boarding house and shared a great passion for the Golden Age of movies. The plaintive, loose-limbed, highly sensitive Carol survived her wallflower insecurities by grabbing attention as a cut-up at Hollywood High School. A natural talent, she attended the University of California and switched majors from journalism to theater. Scouting out comedy parts on TV and in the theater, she first had them rolling in the aisles in the mid-1950s performing a lovelorn novelty song called "I Made a Fool of...

Significant features of Carol Burnett

Tugs on her left ear during all on-camera appearances as a way of saying "Hello" to her grandmother. It was her grandmother who raised her and took her to the movies all the time.
On The Carol Burnett Show (1967), her favorite on stage Tarzan yell
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How much money has Carol Burnett earned?

The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show (1950) $115 /week
The United States Steel Hour (1953) $5,000 for one show

Publications and Magazines about Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett One More Time. 1986
Carol Burnett This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection. 2010
J. Randy Taraborrelli Laughing Til It Hurts: The Complete Life and Career of Carol Burnett. 1988

Biographical movies about Carol Burnett

Biography: "Carol Burnett: Just to Have a Laugh" 1996

What movies did Carol Burnett play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special (2017) , The Wonderful World of Disney (2005) , The Carol Burnett Show: Let's Bump Up the Lights (2004) , Carol Burnett: Show Stoppers (2001) , Southern Star: A Portrait of Atlanta (1996) , The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion (1993) , The Carol Burnett Show (1991) , A Conversation with... (1989) , Plaza Suite (1987) ,
Actors Filmography
Sorta Like a Rock Star , Toy Story 4 (2019) Chairol Burnett, Angie Tribeca (2018) President Priscilla Filcox, Signed,...

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Carol Burnett in Conan (2010)

Was forced to drop out of the 1964 Broadway musical "Fade Out, Fade In" after sustaining a neck injury in a taxi accident. The show's producers sued her for breach of contract, but the suit was later dropped.

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Carol Burnett in Conan (2010)

In 1981, she successfully sued the "National Enquirer" for libel, prompted by its article describing her alleged public drunkenness during an altercation with then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger while in a Washington restaurant, in 1976. The case remains a landmark in the study of libel cases involving celebrities, even though the unprecedented $1.6 million verdict (including $300,000 in personal damages and $1.3 million in "punitive" damages) was later reduced on appeal and the case was eventually settled out of court. Burnett donated the money to charity. She said she pursued the lawsuit because, as the daughter of two deceased alcoholics, the gossip paper's fabrication wounded her emotionally and that they should be punished for their irresponsibility when writing lies about celebrities.

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Carol Burnett in Conan (2010)

Daughter Erin Hamilton was Miss Golden Globe 1993.

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Carol Burnett in Conan (2010)

Considered Jim Nabors to be her good luck charm. He appeared as a guest on the first episode of The Carol Burnett Show (1967), and when the show took off, she had him back on the first episode of every season.

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Dolly Parton and Carol Burnett in Dolly and Carol in Nashville (1979)

Lost her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, on January 20, 2002 to lung and brain cancer.

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Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett in Carol + 2 (1966)

Ex-sister-in-law of Will Hutchins, Dave Geisel and Kipp Hamilton.

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Carol Burnett and Zero Mostel in Carol + 2 (1966)

Once worked as an usherette at the Warner (now Pacific) Theater on Hollywood Blvd. One night, the movie playing was Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (1951), a film Carol had seen and loved. She advised a late arriving couple to wait until the next show, because the film was so good, it should be seen from beginning to end. The manager overheard her, rudely fired her on the spot, and humiliated her by ripping the epaulets off her usherette uniform. Decades later, when she was to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she was asked by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce where she would like it placed. Carol asked that her star be placed in front of the Pacific Theater. In her memoir "One More Time", she states the name of the manager who so rudely fired her, followed by an epithet that won't be repeated here. The star is at 6433 Hollywood Blvd.

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Carol Burnett and Zero Mostel in Carol + 2 (1966)

1985: Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.

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Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett in Carol + 2 (1966)

Received a Special Tony Award in 1969. She was also twice nominated for the Tony Award - in 1960, as Best Actress (Musical) for "Once Upon a Mattress" and in 1996, as Best Actress (Play) for "Moon Over Buffalo.".

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Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett in Carol + 2 (1966)

Was a good friend of Lucille Ball, with whom she appeared several times on The Lucy Show (1962) and Here's Lucy (1968).

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Carol Burnett and Zero Mostel in Carol + 2 (1966)

At age 10, comedian Jim Carrey sent her his resume.

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Carol Burnett in Conan (2010)

Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush on 9 November 2005. Other recipients were Frank Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Gen. Richard Myers, Paul Rusesabagina, Andy Griffith, Aretha Franklin, Vint Cerf and his Internet codeveloper Robert Kahn, Jack Nicklaus, Alan Greenspan, and former congressman G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery.

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Carol Burnett in Conan (2010)

Lucille Ball gave Carol her first baby shower.

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Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, and Vicki Lawrence in The Carol Burnett Show (1967)

Best friends with Julie Andrews, Vicki Lawrence, and the late Beverly Sills.

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Carol Burnett in Women of the House (1995)

Bob Mackie is her favorite designer. He designed all of the costumes for The Carol Burnett Show (1967).

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Dolly Parton and Carol Burnett in Dolly and Carol in Nashville (1979)

Most familiar to children as the show-stealing "Miss Hannigan" in Annie (1982).

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Dolly Parton and Carol Burnett in Dolly and Carol in Nashville (1979)

Nominated for the 1960 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Musical for "Once Upon a Mattress".

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Dolly Parton and Carol Burnett in Dolly and Carol in Nashville (1979)

Nominated for the 1996 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Musical for "Moon Over Buffalo".

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Dolly Parton and Carol Burnett in Dolly and Carol in Nashville (1979)

Former stepmother of Jeffrey Hamilton.

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Dolly Parton and Carol Burnett in Dolly and Carol in Nashville (1979)

Older sister of Chrissie Burnett.

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Dolly Parton and Carol Burnett in Dolly and Carol in Nashville (1979)

Fan of Jane Lynch, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler.

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Dolly Parton and Carol Burnett in Dolly and Carol in Nashville (1979)

Discovered her protégé Vicki Lawrence when Vicki was age 17 and became a acting mentor to her. Vicki was discovered when she wrote Carol a fan letter and Carol went to see her contest and told her she will get back to her and they will discuss her career, Vicki was later cast in The Carol Burnett Show (1967). The story how they met has become known as show business legend. Carol has always felt that it was fate that lead to her discovering Vicki.

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Dolly Parton and Carol Burnett in Dolly and Carol in Nashville (1979)

Named recipient of the 2013 "Mark Twain Prize for American Humor" by the Kennedy Center [May 21, 2013].

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Ned Beatty and Carol Burnett in Fürs Vaterland zu sterben (1979)

Mentor and best friend of Vicki Lawrence.

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Carol Burnett in Archive of American Television (1997)

Is a registered Democrat.

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Carol Burnett in The Carol Burnett Show (1967)

She and Vicki Lawrence often get mistaken for sisters because of their close resemblance.

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Carol Burnett in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982)

Mama from the famous The Family sketches of her show and Mama's Family was originally written for Carol, but Carol felt more of connection towards Eunice and passed Mama to her protégée Vicki Lawrence the role would become Vicki's most iconic character.

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Marilu Henner, John Ritter, Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve, etc.

For a short while she lived in Hawaii. She lived across the street from her good friend and Protege Vicki Lawrence who was also living Hawaii at the time. Vicki was the first to move back to California, Carol followed shortly after because of getting homesick. Actor Jim Nabors was also a neighbor.

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Michael Caine, Marilu Henner, John Ritter, Carol Burnett, Nicollette Sheridan, etc.

Gave best friend and protégée Vicki Lawrence a trip to Hawaii as a wedding gift, when Vicki married makeup artist Al Schultz in 1974.

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John Ritter and Carol Burnett in Noises Off! - Der nackte Wahnsinn (1992)

In a All-Star Party for Carol Burnett (1982) her protégé Vicki Lawrence copied her breakout song I Made a Fool of Myself over John Foster Dulles that Carol did on the The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957) in 1957.

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Michael Caine, John Ritter, Carol Burnett, etc.

Her acting mentors were Garry Moore and Lucille Ball.

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Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, etc.

Vicki Lawrence's kids Courtney and Garret Shultz were known to hang out with Carol at her house as kids, especially when they lived in Hawaii.

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Carol Burnett and Desi Arnaz Jr. in Eine Hochzeit (1978)

Big fan of the soap opera All My Children (1970).

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Carol Burnett, Pat McCormick, and Amy Stryker in Eine Hochzeit (1978)

Took care of her sister, Chrissie Burnett, for a while when she lived in New York.

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