Carol Burnett Biography (1933-)

Full name, Carol Creighton Burnett; born April 26, 1933, in San Antonio, TX;daughter of Joseph Thomas (known as Jody; a movie theatre manager) and Ina Louise (a Hollywood movie studio publicity writer; maiden name, Creighton; somesources site maiden name as Melton) Burnett; married Don Saroyan (an actor),December, 1955 (divorced, 1962); married Joseph Hamilton (a television producer), May 4, 1963 (divorced, 1983); married Brian Miller (a music contractorand musician), November, 2001; children: (second marriage) Erin Kate (a singer), Jody Ann, Carrie Louise (an actress, singer, filmmaker, and writer; deceased), and eight stepchildren. Addresses: Office: Kalola Productions, 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1034, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1934.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, singer, comedienne
Birth Details
April 26, 1933
San Antonio, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Celia, Stanley, NBC, 1956-1957
  • Pantomime Quiz (also known as Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quizand Stump the Stars), ABC, 1958-1959
  • The Garry Moore Show, CBS, 1959-1962
  • The Entertainers, CBS, 1964-1965
  • Host, The Carol Burnett Show, CBS, 1967-1978, repeat compilationsbroadcast as Carol Burnett and Friends, 1977
  • Host, Carol Burnett and Company, ABC, 1979
  • Eunice Harper Higgins, a recurring role, Mama's Family, NBC, 1983-1984
  • Host, Carol and Company, NBC, 1990-1991
  • Host, The Carol Burnett Show, CBS, 1991
  • Theresa Stemple, a recurring role, Mad about You, NBC, 1995-1999
  • Miniseries
  • Cohost, CBS: On the Air, CBS, 1978
  • Charlotte Kensington, Fresno, CBS, 1986
  • A Century of Women (also known as A Family of Women), TBS,1994
  • Movies
  • Dorothy Benson, The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank,CBS, 1978
  • Peg Mullen, Friendly Fire, ABC, 1979
  • Dori Gray, The Tenth Month, CBS, 1979
  • Beatrice O'Reilly, Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice, CBS,1982
  • Mary Catherine Castelli, Between Friends (also known as NobodyMakes Me Cry), HBO, 1983
  • Martha Madden, Hostage (also known as Against Her Will), CBS, 1988
  • Vivian Levinson, Seasons of the Heart (also known as The WinterGarden), NBC, 1994
  • Grace, 1998
  • Florence, The Marriage Fool (also known as Love after Death), CBS, 1998
  • Interviewee, The Desilu Story: The Rags to Riches Success of the Desilu Empire, Bravo, 2003
  • Specials
  • The General Motors 50th Anniversary Show, NBC, 1957
  • Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, CBS, 1962
  • Carol and Company, CBS, 1963
  • Title role, Calamity Jane, CBS, 1963
  • Princess Winifred the Woebegone, Once upon a Mattress, CBS, 1964
  • Host, The Entertainers, CBS, 1964
  • Carol + 2, CBS, 1967
  • The Perry Como Christmas Show, NBC, 1968
  • Girl Friends and Nabors, CBS, 1968
  • Carol Channing Proudly Presents the Seven Deadly Sins, ABC, 1969
  • Bing Crosby and Carol Burnett--Together Again for the First Time,NBC, 1969
  • A Last Laugh at the '60s, ABC, 1970
  • Rowan and Martin Bite the Hand That Feeds Them, NBC, 1970
  • The Tim Conway Special, CBS, 1970
  • Li'l Abner, NBC, 1971
  • Cohost, Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center, CBS, 1971
  • Super Comedy Bowl, CBS, 1971
  • Bing Crosby and His Friends, NBC, 1972
  • Burt Bacharach: Close to You, ABC, 1972
  • Princess Winifred the Woebegone, Once upon a Mattress, CBS, 1972
  • Keep U.S. Beautiful, NBC, 1973
  • Burt and the Girls, NBC, 1973
  • Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now, CBS, 1974
  • Anne Miller, 6 Rms Riv Vu, CBS, 1974
  • Emily, Celia, Dorothy, and Mother, Twigs, CBS, 1975
  • Cohost, Sills and Burnett at the Met, CBS, 1976
  • CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years, 1976
  • Steve and Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin, NBC, 1978
  • A Special Evening with Carol Burnett, CBS, 1978
  • Dolly and Carol in Nashville, CBS, 1978
  • The Sensational, Shocking, Wonderful, Wacky 70s, NBC, 1980
  • The Bert Convy Special--There's a Meeting Here Tonight, syndicated, 1981
  • Christmas in Hawaii (also known as Jim Nabors' Christmas in Hawaii), 1981
  • "A Lincoln Center Special: Beverly! Her Farewell Performance," Great Performances, PBS, 1981
  • The Barbara Walters Special, 1982
  • Cheryl Ladd: Scenes from a Special, ABC, 1982
  • Miss Hannigan, Lights, Camera, Annie!, 1982
  • Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter, ABC, 1982
  • Eunice Higgins, Eunice, CBS, 1982
  • Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night, NBC, 1982
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, 1983
  • Host, Burnett "Discovers" Domingo, CBS, 1984
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1985
  • Here's Television Entertainment, syndicated, 1985
  • Alberta Johnson, The Laundromat, HBO, 1985
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder, NBC, 1986
  • Neil Diamond ... Hello Again, CBS, 1986
  • "Follies in Concert," Great Performances, PBS, 1986
  • A Carol Burnett Special: Carol, Carl, Whoopi, and Robin (also known as Carol, Carl, Whoopi, and Robin), ABC, 1987
  • James Stewart: A Wonderful Life, PBS, 1987
  • Karen Nash, "Visitor from Mamaroneck," Muriel Tate, "Visitor from Hollywood," and Norma Hubley, "Visitor from Forest Hills," Plaza Suite, ABC,1987
  • Happy Birthday, Hollywood!, ABC, 1987
  • Host, Great Moments in Disney Animation, ABC, 1987
  • Secrets Women Never Share, NBC, 1987
  • A Star-Spangled Celebration, ABC, 1987
  • This Is Your Life, NBC, 1987
  • Superstars and Their Moms, ABC, 1987, 1988
  • A Conversation with Carol, The Disney Channel, 1988
  • Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular, 1988
  • America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, ABC, 1989
  • Julie and Carol: Together Again!, ABC, 1989
  • The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson, CBS, 1990
  • The Los Angeles Music Center's 25th Anniversary Celebration (alsoknown as The Music Center's 25th Anniversary), PBS, 1990
  • The Tube Test, ABC, 1990
  • Segment host, Funny Women of Television: A Museum of Television and Radio Tribute (also known as Funny Women of Television), NBC, 1991
  • Host, The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show, CBS, 1991
  • Children's Miracle Network Telethon, syndicated, 1991
  • The Dream Is Alive: The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World (also known as Walt Disney World's 20th Anniversary Celebration), CBS, 1991
  • The 14th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the PerformingArts, CBS, 1991
  • In a New Light, ABC, 1992
  • Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom (also known as Comedy in Bloom), HBO, 1992
  • Total Exposure--Privacy and the Press, NBC, 1992
  • Host, The American Film Institute Salute to Elizabeth Taylor, ABC,1993
  • Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years, NBC, 1993
  • The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion, CBS, 1993
  • The Harry Connick, Jr. Christmas Special, CBS, 1993
  • In a New Light '93, ABC, 1993
  • Legend to Legend Night, NBC, 1993
  • Host, Carol Burnett: The Special Years, CBS, 1994
  • Men, Movies, and Carol, CBS, 1994
  • Host, The All My Children 25th Anniversary Special, ABC, 1995
  • CBS Soap Break, CBS, 1995
  • What Makes You Laugh?, 1995
  • (In archive footage) Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special, 1995
  • "Boris Karloff: The Gentle Monster," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • "Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-Up," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • "Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway," Great Performances, PBS, 1995
  • Host and narrator, Jimmy Stewart, The Disney Channel, 1996
  • Happy Birthday Elizabeth--A Celebration of Life, ABC, 1997
  • Alan Alda (also known as Alan Alda: More Than Mr. Nice Guy), Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • At Home with Carol Burnett, Home and Garden Television, 1997
  • Jimmy Stewart, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Guest host, CBS: The First 50 Years, CBS, 1998
  • (In archive footage) Sonny & Me: Cher Remembers, CBS, 1998
  • Grand marshal, "The Tournament of Roses Parade," Coming Up Roses,CBS, 1998
  • Intimate Portrait: Carol Burnett, Lifetime, 1998
  • Roddy McDowell: Hollywood's Best Friend (also known as A&EBiography: Roddy McDowell--Hollywood's Best Friend), Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Grand marshal, The 109th Tournament of Roses Parade, ABC, 1998
  • Tony Bennett: An All-Star Tribute--Live by Request, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Interviewee, William S. Paley: The Eye of CBS, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Interviewee, Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy, PBS, 2000
  • Interviewee, The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television, ABC, 2000
  • Wife, Putting It Together, BTN, 2000
  • Host, Carol Burnett: Show Stoppers (also known as The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers), CBS, 2001
  • Presenter, The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the PerformingArts, CBS, 2001
  • Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Lucille Ball, Lifetime, 2002
  • "Carol Burnett: Just to Have a Laugh," TVography, Arts and Entertainment, 2002
  • "Tim Conway: Just Clowning Around," TVography, Arts and Entertainment, 2002
  • The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary, CBS, 2001
  • Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Vicki Lawrence, Lifetime, 2003
  • Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Florence Henderson, Lifetime, 2003
  • Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Linda Lavin, Lifetime, 2003
  • Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Susan Lucci, Lifetime, 2003
  • Interviewee, Great Women of Television Comedy: A Museum of Television& Radio Special, NBC, 2003
  • Presenter, CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration, CBS, 2003
  • The 26th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the PerformingArts, CBS, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Jerry Mahoney's girlfriend, The Paul Winchell-Jerry Mahoney Show,NBC, 1955
  • The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS, multiple appearances, 1957-1958
  • The Jack Paar Show, NBC, 1957
  • "The American Cowboy," The United States Steel Hour, CBS, 1960
  • Guest, I've Got a Secret, 1960, 1961, 1962
  • Narrator, "The Wonderful World of Toys," The DuPont Show of the Week, NBC, 1961
  • Agnes Grep, "Cavender Is Coming," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1962
  • Password, multiple appearances, 1962-1964
  • Herself, "Jack Plays Tarzan," The Jack Benny Show (also known as The Jack Benny Program), CBS, 1962
  • Herself, "Riverboat Sketch," The Jack Benny Show (also known as The Jack Benny Program), CBS, 1963
  • Mystery guest, What's My Line?, 1964, 1966
  • "Lucy and Carol in Palm Springs," The Lucy Show (also known as The Lucille Ball Show), CBS, 1966
  • "Lucy Gets a Roommate," The Lucy Show (also known as The Lucille Ball Show), CBS, 1966
  • "Lucy and Carol Burnett: Parts 1 & 2," The Lucy Show (also known as The Lucille Ball Show), CBS, 1967
  • Corporal Carol Barnes, "Corporal Carol," Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., CBS, 1967
  • Ozark Annie, "One of Our Olives Is Missing," Get Smart, NBC, 1967
  • Here's Lucy, CBS, 1967, 1969, 1970
  • Sergeant Carol Barnes, "Showtime with Sgt. Carol," Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., CBS, 1969
  • Carol Krausmauer, "Lucy and Carol Burnett," Here's Lucy, CBS, 1971
  • Mrs. Johnson, All My Children (also known as All My Children: The Summer of Seduction), ABC, 1976
  • Eve, "This Side of Eden," Insight, 1977
  • Password Plus, 1979
  • Omnibus, 1980
  • Herself and cleaning lady, The Muppet Show, syndicated, 1980
  • Verla Grubb, All My Children (also known as All My Children: The Summer of Seduction), ABC, 1983
  • Susan Johnson, "Rembrandt's Girl," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1984
  • Narrator, "Happily Ever After" (animated), WonderWorks, PBS, 1985
  • The Dick Cavett Show, ABC, 1986
  • Super Dave, Showtime, 1987
  • Susan Johnson, "A Girl Named Sue," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1988
  • Rose, "Reggie and Rose," Fame, c. 1988
  • A Conversation with Dinah, 1989
  • Voices of narrator, Mrs. Rabbit, and Mr. McGregor's cat, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," HBO Storybook Musicals (animated), HBO, 1991
  • Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind, Comedy Central, 1991
  • Herself, "The Spider Episode," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1992
  • "Total Exposure--Privacy and the Press," First Person with Maria Shriver, NBC, 1992
  • Herself, "One Down, Three to Go," Evening Shade, 1993
  • Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, 1995
  • The Movie That Changed My Life, AMC, 1995
  • "Women in Film," Women of the House, 1995
  • Lillian Bennett, "The Comeback," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997
  • Celebrity square, Hollywood Squares, syndicated, 1998
  • Herself, "Flip," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998
  • Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 2000
  • Guest, The View, 2002
  • Host, "I Will Walk with You: Parts 1 & 2," Touched by an Angel, 2003
  • Awards Presentations
  • Cohost, The 45th Annual Academy Awards, 1973
  • Presenter, The 28th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1976
  • The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1978
  • The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1979
  • Presenter, The 55th Annual Academy Awards, 1983
  • The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1985
  • Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1988
  • The 9th Annual ACE Awards, HBO, 1988
  • The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1989
  • The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards, TheDisney Channel, 1990
  • Presenter, The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1990
  • The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1990
  • Presenter, The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1991
  • The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1991
  • The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1991
  • Presenter, The 14th Annual CableACE Awards, Lifetime, 1993
  • Presenter, The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1993
  • Presenter, The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1993
  • The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame, NBC, 1993
  • Presenter, The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1994
  • Presenter, The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1994
  • Presenter, The 48th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1994
  • Presenter, The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1994
  • Presenter, The 49th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1995
  • Presenter, The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (also known as The 1996 Emmy Awards), ABC, 1996
  • The 12th Annual Soap Opera Awards, NBC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1997
  • American Comedy Honors, Fox, 1997
  • Presenter, The 19th Annual CableACE Awards, TNT, 1997
  • Presenter, The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1997
  • Presenter, The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1999
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1999
  • Presenter, The 54th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2000
  • Presenter, The 28th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 2002
  • Presenter, The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2003
  • Other
  • Where Have All the Children Gone?, 1980
  • Herself, One for the Road, 1989
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Series
  • The Carol Burnett Show, CBS, 1991
  • Specials
  • Plaza Suite, ABC, 1987
  • A Conversation with Carol, The Disney Channel, 1988
  • The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion, CBS, 1993
  • Carol Burnett: The Special Years, CBS, 1994
  • Men, Movies, and Carol, CBS, 1994
  • Carol Burnett: Show Stoppers (also known as The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers), CBS, 2001
  • Television Producer and Director
  • Specials
  • Fred Astaire: Puttin' On His Top Hat, 1980
  • Fred Astaire: Change Partners and Dance, 1980
  • Starring Katharine Hepburn, 1981
  • Judy Garland: The Concert Years, 1985
  • James Stewart: A Wonderful Life, PBS, 1987
  • Bacall on Bogart, 1988
  • The Fred Astaire Songbook, 1991
  • Katharine Hepburn: All about Me, 1992
  • Southern Star: A Portrait of Atlanta, 1996
  • Television Director
  • Specials
  • The Universal Story, 1995
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Stella Irving, Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?, Paramount, 1963
  • Miss Grebs, Star Spangled Salesman, 1966
  • Herself, Rowan and Martin at the Movies, 1968
  • Tillie Schlaine, Pete 'n' Tillie, Universal, 1972
  • Mollie Malloy, The Front Page, Universal, 1974
  • Katherine "Tulip" Brenner, A Wedding, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978
  • Gloria Burbank, HealtH (also known as H.E.A.L.T.H.), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Chu-Chu/Emily, Chu Chu and the Philly Flash, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • Kate Burroughs, The Four Seasons, Universal, 1981
  • Miss Hannigan, Annie, Columbia, 1982
  • Dotty Otley and Mrs. Clackett, Noises Off, Buena Vista, 1992
  • Herself (in archive footage), Wisecracks (documentary), Alliance Releasing, 1992
  • Herself, Moon over Broadway, Artistic License, 1997
  • Herself, Get Bruce!, Miramax, 1999
  • Voice of Mrs. Hammerbotham, The Trumpet of the Swan (animated), TriStar, 2001
  • Herself, Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Where There(documentary; also known as Broadway: The Golden Age), Second Act Productions, 2003
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer (with Marcia Brandwynne and Nadine Schiff), Made inAmerica, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Off-Broadway debut) Princess Winifred the Woebegone, Once upon a Mattress, Phoenix Theatre, 1959, then (Broadway debut) Alvin Theatre, 1960
  • Hope Springfield and Lila Tremaine, Fade Out--Fade In (musical), Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • Karen Nash, "Visitor from Mamaroneck," Muriel Tate, "Visitor from Hollywood," and Norma Hubley, "Visitor from Forest Hills," Plaza Suite, Huntington Hartford Theatre, Los Angeles, 1970
  • Agnes, I Do! I Do!, Huntington Hartford Theatre, 1973
  • Doris, Same Time, Next Year, Huntington Hartford Theatre, 1977, then Burt Reynolds' Jupiter Dinner Theatre, Jupiter, FL, 1980
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985
  • Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Canon Theatre, Los Angeles, 1990
  • Moon over Buffalo, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1995-1996
  • Amy, Putting It Together (musical revue), Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1998, then Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1999-2000
  • Broadway on Broadway (outdoor concert), Times Square, New York City, 2002
  • Appeared in Follies, Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 1980s.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Herself, A Bing Crosby Christmas, 2000
  • Albums
  • Let Me Entertain You, Decca, 2000
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Specials
  • Katharine Hepburn: All about Me, 1992
  • (With others) Men, Movies, and Carol, CBS, 1994
  • The Universal Story, 1995
  • Southern Star: A Portrait of Atlanta, 1996
  • Stage Plays
  • (With daughter Carrie Hamilton) Hollywood Arms (two-act; based onBurnett's book One More Time: A Memoir), Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL,2002, then Cort Theatre, New York City, 2002-2003
  • Other
  • What I Want to Be When I Grow Up, created by George Mendoza and Sheldon Secunda, photographs by Secunda, Simon & Schuster, 1975
  • One More Time: A Memoir, Random House, 1986

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Burnett, Carol, One More Time: A Memoir, Random House, 1986
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement, Volume 23, Gale, 2003
    • Newsmakers 2000, Issue 3, Gale, 2000
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, September 15, 2000, p. 84
    • Good Housekeeping, October, 2002, pp. 98-100, 102, 104
    • Interview, March, 1990, p. 122; October, 1994, p. 174
    • New Yorker, August 21, 1995, p. 56
    • People Weekly, December 17, 2001, p. 17; February 4, 2002, pp. 50-55
    Other
    • Intimate Portrait: Carol Burnett (television special), Lifetime, 1998
    • "Carol Burnett: Just to Have a Laugh," TVography (television special), Arts and Entertainment, 2002

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