Carol Burnett will receive the first-ever Golden Globe Carol Burnett Award as the 85-year-old actress is being recognized for her achievements and contributions to television. The Golden Globes are owned by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and this marks the first special award to be presented during the organization’s 76-year history.
Carol Burnett is no stranger to the Golden Globes having won the statute that recognizes the best in television five times. According to the HFPA, she has won the Golden Globe more than anyone else in the television category, making her the perfect namesake for the honor.
HFPA President Meher Tatna released a statement describing the award and why Carol Burnett was selected to receive it.
“For more than 50 years, comedy trailblazer Carol Burnett has been breaking barriers while making us laugh. She was the first woman to host a variety sketch show, The Carol Burnett Show. She was also the first woman to win both the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and Kennedy Center Honors. And now we add another first to her running list: the first recipient – and namesake – of the new Golden Globe top honor for achievement in television, the Carol Burnett Award. We are profoundly grateful for her contributions to the entertainment industry and honored to celebrate her legacy forever at the Golden Globes.”
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Carol Burnett was born on April 26, 1933, and her career has spanned more than 70 years. Carol Burnett made her television acting debut at the age of 22 on the Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show on December 17, 1955.
By 1963, Burnett had made several appearances on the Jack Benny Show and in 1966, she had starred in her own special Carol + 2.
She would strike up a long-time friendship with Lucille Ball and in 1966, she made four appearances on The Lucy Show where she played the character, Carol Bradford. She would follow The Lucy Show with appearances on Here’s Lucy and the 1976 CBS special CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years.
From 1976-1978, Carol Burnett solidified her place in television history with The Carol Burnett Show. Carol Burnett continues to work and last appeared in the July 2018 movie Signed, Sealed, Delivered To The Altar.
The Golden Globes airs on CBS January 6, 2019, at 8 p.m. coast to coast.