A San Antonio native and trailblazer for female comedians, Burnett is best known for Emmy-winning sketch comedy “The Carol Burnett Show,” which — on top of accruing 25 Emmy Awards — was named in Time magazine’s “100 Best Television Shows of All Time” list. The actress is the recipient of multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards, a Peabody award, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor and, recently, a SAG life achievement award.
Beyond acting, Burnett is also a best-selling author and playwright. On the heels of releasing the first five seasons of “The Carol Burnett Show,” i.e. the “lost episodes,” she’s in the process of writing her fourth book and collaborating with CBS Films on the development of a theatrical project.
Dubbing Burnett as the “queen of comedy,” Austin Film Society artistic director Richard Linklater said the organization is “humbled to honor [Carol] and welcome her back to Texas.”
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“Her brilliance on screen and stage made her an icon, but modern American comedy as we know it was born of Carol Burnett’s influence. Comedy and variety shows were a man’s world before Carol broke through and changed the industry,” said Linklater.
Now in its 16th year, the Texas Film Hall of Fame celebrates the film and television contributions of Texan filmmakers, actors, films and entertainers. Past inductees include Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, “Easy Rider” and Quentin Tarantino, among many others.
Burnett will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame during the Texas Film Awards on March 10 at Austin Studios.