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Carol Burnett is set to be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame during March’s Texas Film Awards, the Austin Film Society announced Tuesday.
The San Antonio-born actress, best known for The Carol Burnett Show, has won multiple Emmys, Golden Globes and Peabody Awards, has been a Kennedy Center honoree and has received the Mark Twain Prize for Humor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Burnett is also a best-selling author and playwright. Her film credits include playing Miss Hannigan in the 1982 movie version of Annie, Peter Bogdanovich’s Noises Off, Robert Altman’s A Wedding and Alan Alda’s Four Seasons. Her Broadway credits include starring in the original musical production of Once Upon a Mattress, and she recently starred opposite Brian Dennehy in 2014’s Love Letters.
Burnett has been tapped to receive SAG’s 2016 life achievement award as well.
“Carol Burnett is the queen of comedy who defined the American variety show, reigned in American living rooms for many years and set the bar for any comedian who followed her,” Austin Film Society artistic director Richard Linklater said in a statement. “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. As a woman comedian she was a trailblazer; comedy and variety shows were a man’s world before Carol broke through and changed the industry. We’re humbled to honor her and welcome her back to Texas.”
Burnett will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 10. Other members of the Texas Film Hall of Fame include Tommy Lee Jones, Cyd Charisse, Terrence Malick, Sissy Spacek and Quentin Tarantino.
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