Carol Burnett to Receive Publicists' Lifetime Achievement Award

Carol Burnett (Verla Grubbs)
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TV legend Carol Burnett first appeared as Verla Grubbs, the long-lost daughter of Langley Wallingford, in 1983. She returned for the 25th anniversary of the show, and again in 2005 to mark the soap's 35th year on the air. In Sept. 2011, she said her farewell to Pine Valley during a guest appearance.

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Carol Burnett will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) 49th annual Publicists Awards Luncheon, it was announced today by ICG president Steven Poster and Henri Bollinger, Awards Committee chairman. The event will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 24, 2012.

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Throughout her career, the legendary comedian has won six Emmys, two Golden Globes, a special Tony Award and a Peabody Award.

“Carol Burnett has had an extraordinary career and a reputation for direct involvement in the promotion of the shows and movies in which she has starred,” said Bollinger in a statement. “She has a clear understanding of the role publicity plays in the success of TV shows and movies.”

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Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Sylvester Stallone last year. Previous recipients have included George Burns, Lew Wasserman, Warren Beatty, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford and Robert Zemeckis.

More than 1,000 people in the movie and TV industry typically attend the annual event. The categories in which awards are presented are Motion Picture Showman of the Year, Television Showman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Award for a Television Campaign and separately for a Movie Campaign, Les Mason Award for Career Achievement in Publicity, Excellence in Unit Still Photography and the Bob Yeager Award for Community Service.