Carol Burnett to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

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Ear tugs all around!

SAG-AFTRA is so glad it had this time together with Carol Burnett that it is honoring the comedian and TV legend with the 2015 SAG Life Achievement Award.

The award, which will be handed out in January at the SAG Awards, is routinely given to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” It will join Burnett’s already crowded resume of multiple Emmys, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.

“Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius,” said SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard. “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 is known for her long-running eponymous sketch show, of which she was fond of ending with an ear tug and a rendition of the song “I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together.” The series, which averaged 30 million viewers per week and received 25 Emmy Awards, was on Variety’s list of 25 shows that changed television. Her film credits include playing Miss Hannigan in John Huston’s musical “Annie” and appearing in Peter Bogdanovich’s “Noises Off” and Robert Altman’s “A Wedding.”

Come November, Burnett will publish “In the Sandbox.” Her fourth book, it promises to be both a love letter to the golden era of television while also dissecting the elements of what made “The Carol Burnett Show” so iconic.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS starting at 8 p.m. ET on January 30. Last year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award was Debbie Reynolds.

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  1. Nancy Franzese says:

    So happy for Carol! Love her! Glad to have met her in 1975 and was in her live audience fire the Carol Burnett Show!

  2. nora says:

    Carol’s portrayal of Scarlett O’hara,
    “Saw it in the window and i couldn’t resist”
    (Wearing curtains, rod)
    Mrs Wiggins
    Her cast of characters Tim Conway,
    Harvey Korman; classic comedy

  3. It’s about damned time!

  4. child of the Holy One says:

    God bless her. If anyone deserves this award it’s her. I used to look forward to her show. Back when comedy didn’t have to contain 4 letter words and sexual references to be funny. There are no shows like hers on TV anymore! I miss The Carol Burnett Show and the spin-off Mama’s Family. Those were the days when the whole family could watch TV together, & you didn’t have to send your kids into another room so they wouldn’t see or hear anything inappropriate!

  5. Bill B. says:

    She’s wonderful as was her great TV series. There were many attempts at a film career, but none really worked, though I thought she was good, with the funniest line, in The Four Seasons.

  6. BobC. says:

    Julie will probably be there to hand Carol this richly deserved award.

  7. victoriamemorial says:

    They should do Julie Andrews, her best pal, at the same time. “Julie And Carol at the SAG”. The most wonderful women ever to put a foot on a stage. Congrats, Carol. Well deserved.

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