Carol Burnett has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s SAG Life Achievement Award for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. She will be presented with the honor at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Jan. 30.
In announcing the honor on Monday, SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard said, “Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius. 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 headlined The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for 11 years from 1967 to 1978 and received 25 Emmy Awards. She has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and the California Museum’s Hall of Fame. Her awards include a Peabody Award, the Television Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award, five Golden Globe Awards, five American Comedy Awards, 12 People’s Choice Awards, an Ace Award, an Horatio Alger Award, both Crystal and Lucy Awards from Women in Film, the TV Land Legend Award, the Jimmy Stewart Museum’s Harvey Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Burnett is currently focused on three major projects. The first is the release of the initial five seasons of The Carol Burnett Show. These “lost episodes” have never been seen nor distributed since their initial broadcast and will be for the first time combined with the already available episodes from seasons six to 11. With CBS Films, she is developing a project, originated by her late daughter, Carrie, entitled Sunrise in Memphis. And in the publishing arena, she is in the midst of writing her fourth book, entitled In the Sandbox. Publication is scheduled for November 2016.