Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer, voice artist, author, and producer, best known for starring in her eponymous variety series from 196778, as well as for originating the role of Princess Winnifred the Woebegone in the 1959 Broadway production of the musical Once Upon a Mattress.
She has received numerous accolades for her work over the years, including 21 Primetime Emmy Award nominations (winning six), three Grammy Award nominations (winning for the audiobook narration of her 2016 memoir In Such Good Company), two Tony Award nominations (receiving an honorary Tony in 1969), 18 Golden Globe Award nominations (winning six; she's also the namesake and first recipient of the HFPA's honorary Carol Burnett Award), two Peabody Awards, a SAG Life Achievement Award, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Burnett has been married three times, and had three daughters with her second husband. (Her oldest, the actress and singer Carrie Hamilton, died of cancer-related pneumonia at the age of 38.)
- Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963) as Stella Irving
- The Carol Burnett Show (196778) as herself (host) and various sketch characters
- The Front Page (1974) as Mollie Malloy
- The Four Seasons (1981) as Kate Burroughs
- Annie (1982) as Miss Hannigan
- Fresno (1986) as Charlotte Kensington
- Noises Off (1992) as Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clackett
- The Trumpet of the Swan (2001) as Mrs. Hammerbotham (voice)
- Horton Hears a Who! (2008) as Kangaroo (voice)
- The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) as Hara (voice, U.S. dub)
- Toy Story 4 (2019) as Chairol Burnett (voice)
Tropes related to her career:
- Character Tics: She has quite the habit of fiddling with her fingers when idle.
- Memetic Hand Gesture: That good ol' ear tug is her most notable signal.
- Older Than They Look: She's in her eighties but could pass for younger.
Just to have a laugh or sing a song
Seems we just get started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say, 'So long.'"