Carol Burnett is a comic, an actress, a singer, a dancer, a playwright, a wife, a mother and a legend. Though born in Texas, her childhood was spent in L.A. She was raised by her grandmother -- and together, they could be found at movies several times a week. It was the early exposure to film classics of the Golden Age that helped form Carol's quick wit and desire to entertain. Carol attended the University of California and studied theater after changing her concentration from journalism.
In 1957, Carol performed on both The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1959, Carol became a regular on The Gary Moore Show. While on the show, she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series. Also in 1959, she starred in the Broadway musical Once Upon a Mattress, which earned her a Tony Award nomination. In 1962, Carol co-starred with friend Julie Andrews in the Emmy-winning special, Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall. Carol's ultimate goal was to have her own television variety show. This goal caused her to turn down the opportunity to star in her own sitcom. The sitcom offer was made to her by mentor and friend, Lucille Ball.
Carol's dream became a reality when in 1967; The Carol Burnett Show began its 11-year run. The Carol Burnett Show was one of the most successful variety shows of all time, and was either nominated or won Emmy awards and Golden Globe awards every season it was on the air. Hot in Cleveland 's Betty White had a recurring role on The Carol Burnett Show. Burnett and White played sisters Eunice and Ellen Harper in the "Mama's Family" sketches. While not filming The Carol Burnett Show, she appeared in numerous movies like, Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?, Pete 'n' Tillie, and Anni, to name a few.
While her main focus is comedy, she has also played some dramatic roles. Some of her dramatic roles include the television movie, Friendly Fire, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, for which she was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Her other television credits include, The Twilight Zone, Mad About You, The Lucy Show, Sesame Street, All My Children, Magnum P.I., Desperate Housewives, and Glee. Burnett is a four-time American Comedy Award winner, a six-time Emmy winner, a five-time Golden Globe winner, a Kennedy Center Honoree for Comedy, and the recipient of the 2013 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.