Carol Burnett Set For SAG Life Achievement Award
She led the riotous variety hit The Carol Burnett Show, which aired from 1967-78 on CBS and a few months at the end on ABC. The chemistry among and regulars including Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner kept the sketch comedy comin’ in an era when the variety format was waning and shows typically lasted only a few seasons.
She will be the 52nd recipient of the award, which is present each year to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession." Burnett’s crowded trophy case already includes a half-dozen Emmys, multiple Golden Globes, a Tony, a Peabody, a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Since her variety show wrapped, Burnett has continues to work, mostly in TV. Recent roles include recurring on Hot In Cleveland, Glee and as Steve McGarrett Aunt Deb on Hawaii Five-O. She also appeared on such series as the successful Burnett Show spinoff Mama’s Family, Mad About You and All My Children along with toplining a pair of short-lived variety shows in the early 1990s.