Carol Burnett to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

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Carol Burnett to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Carol Burnett is set to receive the 52nd SAG Life Achievement Award.

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said: "Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius. She embodies the generosity and courage that the greatest actors use in creating enduring and memorable characters. From her heartbreakingly hilarious Starlet O'Hara to the adorably inept Eunice and alarmingly funny Miss Hannigan, Carol has delighted and inspired millions of viewers and thousands of comedic actors. She took risks as a performer and through her courage, encouraged fellow actors to try new things and always, always reach for the sky. Her innate love of actors led to the creation of an ensemble cast that made 'The Carol Burnett Show' a masterpiece of variety programming."

Burnett will be honored with the performers union's top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET/7 Central. The award is given annual to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession." She's previously won multiple Emmys, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.

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Carol Burnett, 24, sings her rendition of "I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles" on Aug. 14, 1957. (AP Photo)
Two "cowboys," Carol Burnett, left, and Julie Andrews, rehearse in New York's Carnegie Hall for a one-time TV show, "Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall," March 8, 1962. (AP Photo/Bob Wands)
Comedian Carol Burnett is shown Feb. 7, 1963. She will be featured in her own CBS special, "Carol and Company." (AP Photo)
Comedian Garry Moore kisses Carol Burnett at the Hotel Astor in New York, May 22, 1962, after they received Emmy Awards for "The Garry Moore Show." (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)
Comedian, actress, singer and dancer Carol Burnett is shown in 1967. (AP Photo)
Comedian Carol Burnett is seen imitating Shirley Temple in "Fade Out, Fade In," a musical on Broadway, July 10, 1964. (AP Photo)
Comedian Carol Burnett and Jan-Michael Vincent are seen at the Golden Globe awards in Hollywood, Calif., Jan. 19, 1977. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this March 19, 1978 black-and-white file photo, Carol Burnett shares a laugh with Tim Conway during taping of her final show , in Los Angeles. Burnett, who honed her humor on Broadway and landed her own comedy show on television in 1967, will win the nation’s top humor prize. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that Burnett will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20 in Washington. A gala performance featuring top names in comedy will be taped and broadcast nationally Oct. 30 on PBS. (AP Photo/ George Brich, File)
Comedian Carol Burnett and actor Alan Arkin are shown during the filming of a special Carol Burnett show in Los Angeles, Aug. 10, 1979, for the fall season. (AP Photo/George Brich)
Alan Alda looking happy with Carol Burnett as they hold their People?s Choic Awards, March 6, 1981 in Los Angeles. They were named the public?s favorite all-around best entertainer and favorite television performers in the male and female categories. (AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21,1982: Actresses Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball onstage at the taping of the Bob Hope Special "The Women I Love: Beautiful, But Funny" on February 21, 1982 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TVA/PictureGroup/Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
Comedian Carol Burnett and actor John Travolta are shown at the 55th Academy Awards where they were both presenters, April 11, 1983, in Hollywood. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
At Beverly Hills Hotel in Hollywood, Aug. 23, 1983, comedian Carol Burnett discusses the recent surgery she had on her jaw. The operation had a wonderful side-benefit, eliminating what she calls "the Burnett lower lip". (Ap Photo/Wally Fong)
A broadly-smiling Carol Burnett puts her hands to her cheeks inside a Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday, March 26, 1981 shortly after an 11-member jury ruled that the National Enquirer libeled Burnett in a 1976 gossip column. The jury ordered the tabloid to pay Burnett $1.6 million in damages. (AP Photo)
Carol Burnett, shown Nov. 17, 1987, simply wanted to do something funny on television and concluded that you can’t get funnier than Neil Simon. She plays three different roles in a television adaption of Simon’s “Plaza Suite” that will be telecast on ABC-TV Thursday night. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Carol Burnett gives a kiss to Tony Bennett after he won an Emmy for outstanding performance for a variety or music program at the 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif., Sunday Sept. 8, 1996. He won for his performance "Tony Bennett Live by Request: A Valentine Special." (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Famed television performers Carroll O'Connor, left, and Carol Burnett pose together Monday, Nov. 11, 1996, during a private party at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Calif., to celebrate the first 100 episodes of the NBC television comedy "Mad About You." O'Connor and Burnett make guest appearances in Tuesday night's episode of "Mad About You," playing the parents of Jamie, Helen Hunt's character on the show. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actress and comedienne Carol Burnett poses next to a smiling caricature of herself as a ticket seller on a mural at a backstage VIP entrance to the newly-refurbished Pantages Theatre during rededication ceremonies Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, in Los Angeles' Hollywood district. The Nederlander Organization Inc., which owns the theater, has spent nearly $10 million to restore it to the glitz and luster it had when first opening its doors in 1930. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Legendary singer/actress Dame Julie Andrews, right, is joined by actress Carol Burnett during a reception honoring Andrews with the annual ELLA award in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, April 25, 2001. The award is given to singers whose contribution to the music world is equaled by a singer's humanitarian causes and community support. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
President Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to comediene Carol Burnett, left, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005 in Washington. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian award, and recognizes exceptional meritorious service. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
FILE - In this March 12, 2008 file photo, actress and comedienne Carol Burnett performs her famous Tarzan yell during her appearance on the NBC "Today" television program in New York. Burnett, who honed her humor on Broadway and landed her own comedy show on television in 1967, will win the nation’s top humor prize. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that Burnett will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20 in Washington. A gala performance featuring top names in comedy will be taped and broadcast nationally Oct. 30 on PBS. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Entertainer Carol Burnett describes the uniform she wore at a Southern California movie theater were she was fired when she was young, after her induction into the California Hall of Fame during ceremonies held at the California Museum in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. Burnett was among 13 Californians inducted in to the hall of fame this year.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
COMMERCIAL IMAGE - In this image provided by Geffen Playhouse, Dick Van Dyke and Carol Burnett attend the "Backstage At The Geffen" Fundraiser on Monday, June 4, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Geffen Playhouse)
Carol Burnette arrives at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' An Evening with Carol Burnett at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on Monday, July 22, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Carol Burnett, right, is greeted by local photographer Anthony Frazier as she arrives at the Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville, Pa. for a banquet to receive the 2014 Harvey Award presented by the Jimmy Stewart Museum on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Actress Reese Witherspoon, left, watches entertainer Carol Burnett perform her Tarzan shout at the Wal-Mart shareholder meeting in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday, June 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Burnett will be presented the performers union's top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT). Given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession," the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett's exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys®, a special Tony®, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.

In making today's announcement, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said, "Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius. She embodies the generosity and courage that the greatest actors use in creating enduring and memorable characters. From her heartbreakingly hilarious Starlet O'Hara to the adorably inept Eunice and alarmingly funny Miss Hannigan, Carol has delighted and inspired millions of viewers and thousands of comedic actors. She took risks as a performer and through her courage, encouraged fellow actors to try new things and always, always reach for the sky. Her innate love of actors led to the creation of an ensemble cast that made The Carol Burnett Show a masterpiece of variety programming."

The public and her peers treasure Carol Burnett for her comedic and dramatic roles on television, film and Broadway, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. Named in 2007 by TIME magazine as one of "100 Best Television Shows of All Time," and by Variety in 2011 as one of "The 25 Shows That Changed Television," The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week, and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history.

An inductee into the Television Hall of Fame and the California Museum's Hall of Fame, Burnett's many accolades also include a Peabody Award, the Television Critics Association's Career Achievement Award, five Golden Globe Awards, five American Comedy Awards, 12 People's Choice Awards, an Ace Award, an Horatio Alger Award, both Crystal and Lucy Awards from Women in Film, the TV Land Legend Award, the Jimmy Stewart Museum's Harvey Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2013, the City of Los Angeles named the intersection of Highland Ave. and Selma directly adjacent to Hollywood High School, Burnett's alma mater, Carol Burnett Square.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1933, Burnett, her mother, and grandmother moved to a less-than-glamorous section of Hollywood in the late 1930s. Raised in a small studio apartment by her grandmother, but with no financial means, Burnett could only dream of college. After receiving an anonymous donation of $50 to pay for her tuition to UCLA, she enrolled. While studying journalism, she took an acting class, and the rest is history.

After moving to New York City, Burnett staged a musical revue, featuring her out-of-work roommates from The Rehearsal Club, a theatrical boarding house, performing material by unemployed writers and composers. Soon, offers for summer stock and 13 weeks' work on Paul Winchell's television show followed. While performing at the Blue Angel nightclub, she was spotted by talent bookers from both The Jack Paar Show and The Ed Sullivan Show and was invited to perform her infamous rendition of "I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles," written by Ken Welch. Shortly thereafter, she landed the leading role of Princess Winifred in the original Broadway musical production of Once Upon a Mattress, which earned her a Tony® nomination. In 1959, after guest spots on Garry Moore's morning television show she became a permanent cast member on The Garry Moore Show, taping the show during the day and performing Mattress at night for the remainder of its Broadway run. She remained a regular on Garry Moore for the next four years.

During this period, Burnett met Julie Andrews and the two became close friends. After the duo appeared in their Emmy-winning special, Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, CBS took notice of this emerging new talent and signed her to a ten-year contract. On September 11, 1967, The Carol Burnett Show premiered on CBS. With a talented ensemble featuring Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner, costumes by Bob Mackie and musical sketches by Buz Kohan, Bill Angelos, Artie Malvin, and Ken and Mitzie Welch, the show became a hit. Guest stars included many of the greatest performers from music, stage and screen including Lucille Ball, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Jimmy Stewart, Gloria Swanson, Ronald Reagan, Betty White, Cher, Jim Nabors, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Liza Minnelli, The Carpenters, Rock Hudson, Dick Van Dyke, Alan Alda, and many, many more. Her portrayal of "Starlet" O'Hara in "Went With The Wind," a parody of Gone With The Wind, is always counted among the top 10 greatest moments in television history. The Bob Mackie designed "curtain-rod" dress, as it is known, now resides at The Smithsonian. In 2012 Time Life released The Carol Burnett Show on DVD and set a record, selling more than 4 million DVDs in six months.

After the show concluded in 1978, Burnett immersed herself in numerous projects. She wrote three New York Times bestsellers: Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story andThis Time Together: Laughter and Reflection, which both received Grammy® nominations for best spoken word, and her autobiography, One More Time. She added playwright to her credits when she and her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, wrote Hollywood Arms. Sadly, Carrie passed away four months prior to the play's premiere at the Chicago Goodman Theatre in April 2002. Directed by Hal Prince, Hollywood Arms premiered on Broadway on October 31, 2002. An anniversary concert reading of Hollywood Arms will be performed on September 21, 2015 at the Kaufman Music Center in New York (under the auspices of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program) directed by Mark Brokaw and starring Tyne Daly, Emily Skeggs, Sydney Lucas and Michele Pawk.

Burnett's film credits include playing Miss Hannigan in the film version of the musical, Annie, directed by John Huston; Noises Off, directed by Peter Bogdanovich; A Wedding, directed by Robert Altman; and Four Seasons, directed by Alan Alda. On Broadway she recently starred in A.R. Gurney's Love Letters (2014), opposite Brian Dennehy, Fade Out, Fade In, with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green with music by Jule Styne; Stephen Sondheim's musical review Putting It Together; and Ken Ludwig's farce Moon Over Buffalo, starring with Philip Bosco. She produced and starred in numerous television specials and guest starred on several television series, including Glee, Hot in Cleveland, Hawaii 5-0 and Law and Order: SVU. She also starred in the television series Fresno and Carol & Co., as well as the highly acclaimed made-for-television movies Friendly Fire,Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice. In 2005 she returned to her Once Upon a Mattress roots, appearing in a television special, this time playing the evil Queen Aggravain.

Currently, Burnett is focused on three major projects. The first is the long awaited release of the initial five seasons of The Carol Burnett Show. These "lost episodes" have never been seen nor distributed since their initial broadcast and will be for the first time combined with the already available episodes from Seasons 6 – 11. Rollout commences August 2015. On the filmed entertainment front, Burnett is in active development with CBS Films on a theatrical project originated by her late daughter, Carrie, entitled Sunrise in Memphis. In the publishing arena, Burnett is in the midst of writing her fourth book entitled In the Sandbox, which is a poignant love letter to the golden era of television while simultaneously dissecting the elements of what made The Carol Burnett Show the iconic success that it was. This publication is scheduled for release in November 2016.

When not performing or occasionally presenting her Q & A format "Laughter & Reflection," she enjoys spending time with her husband Brian, her two daughters Erin and Jody, her grandsons, and her cat, Nikki. As a passionate supporter of the arts and education, she established several scholarships around the country, including the Carol Burnett Musical Theatre Competition at her alma mater, UCLA, and the Carrie Hamilton Foundation, to honor her daughter's memory. She is a Lifetime Director of the Hereditary Disease Foundation Among the other arts, health and youth charities to which she lends her support are the Sundance Institute, Young Playwrights Inc., the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara and the Hereditary Disease Foundation for which she has been named a Lifetime Director.

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