Get to Know Carol Burnett – One of the Most Successful Female Comedians

On April 26, 1933, one of the most successful female comedians in the history of American TV show was born – Carol Burnett.

Burnett is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She lived a challenging life as a daughter of alcoholic parents, who left her to her grandmother. Burnett lived in Hollywood, California with her grandmother. She completed her secondary education from Hollywood school and her tertiary education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She started her entertainment career by getting bit parts on TV. Her break in Broadway came in with the musical “Once Upon a Mattress” in 1959. She became even more famous when she starred in the 1962 “Julie and Carol and Carnegie Hall”, a special she co-starred with famous Hollywood singer and actress Julie Andrews.

Burnett hosted her own variety show on BCS network for more than 10 years – from 1967 to 1978. Her one-hour TV show “The Carol Burnet Show” was very successful that it garnered a total of 22 Emmy awards. Its cast included Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, and Tim Conway.

In 1981, Burnett sued the tabloid newspaper National Enquirer for libel for exposing her allegedly public drunkenness. This libel case drew so much attention from public. It is even considered a landmark for study of libel cases that involved famous celebrities. The record-breaking verdict was set at $1.6 million however the case was settled out of court at the end.

In 2003, because of Burnett lifetime contribution to the American culture through performing arts, she received Kennedy Center Honors. With all her accomplishments in the entertainment industry, it is without a doubt that Carol Burnett gave so much pride to Texas Flag.