Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and writer whose career spans seven decades of television…..where she is best known for her groundbreaking television variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, originally aired on CBS…..which was the first of its kind to be hosted by a woman. She has achieved success on stage, television and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedic roles. She has also appeared on various talk shows and as a panelist on game shows. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Burnett moved with her grandmother to Hollywood…where she attended Hollywood High School and eventually studied theater and musical comedy at UCLA. Later she performed in nightclubs in New York City….and had a breakout success on Broadway in 1959 in Once Upon a Mattress….for which she received a Tony Award nomination. 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, California….and began an 11-year run as star of The Carol Burnett Show on CBS television from 1967 to 1978. With its vaudeville roots, The Carol Burnett Show was a variety show that combined comedy sketches with song and dance. The comedy sketches included film parodies and character pieces. 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 was one of the first television variety show personalities to interact with he live television audience when she would allow them to pose questions of her…..as seen in this video herewith. In 2005, she was recognized as “one of America’s most cherished entertainers”….while being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom “for enhancing the lives of millions of Americans and for her extraordinary contributions to American entertainment.”