Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas to Ina Creighton and Joseph Burnett. She has one half-sister, Chrissy. Burnett was left with her grandmother, Mabel White, and they moved to an apartment near her mother’s in an impoverished area of Hollywood. There they stayed in a boarding house with Chrissy. Her parents died in 1954 and 1957, which they battled alcoholism.
She graduated from Hollywood High School in 1951, and received an anonymous envelope containing $50 for one year's tuition at UCLA, where she initially planned on studying journalism; she switched her focus to theater arts and English, with the goal of becoming a playwright during her first year of college. She found she had to take an acting course to enter the playwright program.
She was married to Don Saroyan for seven years till they divorced in 1962. Burnett was married to Joe Hamilton for twenty-one years till 1984, and they have three children, Carrie, Jody, and Erin. Sadly, Joe died in 1991 and Carrie died at the age of 38 in 2002. She married Brian Miller, whom she had been dating for three years, in November 2001.
Burnett published her autobiography, "One More Time," in 1986.
She was friends with Lucille Ball for twenty-three years, and even appeared on a couple of her shows, till Ball's death in 1989.
Burnett was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 20, 2013, a day after she stopped by the White House to visit President Barack Obama.
Burnett became the 52nd recipient honored with the Life Achievement Award at the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards in January 2016.
She was on The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Burnett was on The Carol Burnett Show for ten years in 1977, was on Mama's Family for a year till it's cancellation in 1984, the show was later picked back up however Burnett didn't return, and was on Mad About You for three years till 1999. She had a recurring role on All My Children for three years between 1983, 1995, and 2011.
She guest starred on Glee in 2010, the second season and again in 2015, the final season. and on Hot in Cleveland in 2013, reuniting with Betty White and Tim Conway.
|1955||The Paul Winchell Show||("Episode #6.19")|
|1954||Stanley||Celia||("Episode #1.1 ", "The New Year's Party")|
|Omnibus||Give Him the Ooh-la-la in 'DuBarry Was a Lady' / Singer||("The American Musical Comedy")|
|1958||The Arthur Murray Party||("Episode dated 1 December 1958")|
|1960||The United States Steel Hour||("The American Cowboy")|
|1961||The DuPont Show of the Week||Narrator||("The Wonderful World of Toys")|
|1962||Twilight Zone||Agnes Grep||("Cavender Is Coming")|
|1963||Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?||Stella Irving|
|Calamity Jane||Calamity Jane||TV movie|
|1964||Once Upon a Mattress||Princess Winnifred||TV movie|
|1966||The Lucy Show||Carol Bradford||1966 - 1967 ("Lucy Gets a Roommate", "Lucy and Carol in Palm Springs", "Lucy and Carol Burnett: Part 1" and "Part 2")|
|1967||Get Smart||Ozark Annie||("One of Our Olives Is Missing")|
|Our Place||("Episode #1.1")|
|Gomer Pyle: USMC||Corporal/Sergeant Carol Barnes||1967 - 1969 ("Corporal Carol", "Showtime with Sgt. Carol")|
|The Carol Burnett Show||Host/Various Characters/Herself - Host||1967 - 1977 (176 episodes)|
|1968||The Bob Hope Show||Goodfellow's Wife||uncredited ("Episode dated 25 September 1968")|
|Star Spangled Salesman||Miss Grebs||documentary short|
|1970||Here's Lucy||Carol Krausmeyer||1970 - 1971 ("Lucy and Carol Burnett: Part 2", "Lucy and Carol Burnett")|
|The Tim Conway Comedy Hour||("Pilot", "Episode #1.9")|
|1971||Li'l Abner||TV movie|
|1972||The Electric Company||("154", "172")|
|Pete 'n' Tillie||Tillie|
|Once Upon a Mattress||Princess Winifred the Woebegone||TV movie|
|1974||The Front Page||Mollie Malloy|
|Out to Lunch||TV movie|
|6 Rms Riv Vu||Anne Miller||TV movie|
|1976||Sills and Burnett at the Met||TV movie|
|1977||3 Girls 3||("Episode #1.1")|
|Insight||Eve||("The Side of Eden")|
|1978||The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank||Dorothy Benson||TV movie|
|A Wedding||Tulip Brenner|
|1979||The Tenth Month||Dori Grey||TV movie|
|Carol Burnett & Company||Various|
|Friendly Fire||Peg Mullen||TV movie|
|1981||Chu Chu and the Philly Flash||Emily|
|The Four Seasons||Kate Burroughs|
|1982||Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice||Beatrice O'Reilly||TV movie|
|1983||Mama's Family||Eunice Higgins||1983 - 1984 (6 episodes)|
|Between Friends||Mary Catherine Castelli||TV movie|
|SCTV Network||Woman in Courtroom||uncredited ("Midnight Cowboy II")|
|All My Children||Verla Grubbs/Mrs. Johnson||1983, 1995, and 2011 (5 episodes)|
|1984||Magnum, P.I.||Susan Johnson||1984 - 1988 ("Rembrandt's Girl", "A Girl Named Sue")|
|1985||Happily Ever After||Narrator||TV movie and voice|
|The Laundromat||Alberta Johnson||TV movie|
|1987||Plaza Suite||Karen Nash/Muriel Tate/Norma Hubley||TV movie|
|Fame||Rose||("Reggie and Rose")|
|1990||Carol & Company||Myna||("Myna and the Messenger")|
|1991||The Tale of Peter Rabbit||Narrator/Mrs. Rabbit/Cat||TV movie and voice|
|1992||The Larry Sanders Show||Carol Burnett||("The Spider Episode")|
|Noises Off...||Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clackett|
|1994||Seasons of the Heart||Vivian Levinson||TV movie|
|1996||Mad About You||Theresa Stemple||1996 - 1999 (10 episodes)|
|1997||Touched by an Angel||Lillian Bennett||("The Comeback")|
|1998||The Marriage Fool||Florence||TV movie|
|2000||Putting It Together||The Wife||TV movie|
|2001||The Trumpet of the Swan||Mrs. Hammerbotham||voice|
|2005||Once Upon a Mattress||Queen Aggravain||TV movie|
|2006||Desperate Housewives||Eleanor Mason||("Don't Look at Me")|
|2008||Horton Hears a Who!||Kangaroo||voice|
|2009||Post Grad||Grandma Maureen|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Birdie Sulloway||("Ballerina")|
|2010||Glee||Doris Sylvester||2010 ("Furt"); 2015 ("The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester")|
|The Secret World of Arrietty||Hara||voice: US version|
|2013||Hot in Cleveland||Penny||2013 ("Canoga Falls"); 2015 ("All About Elka")|
|Hawaii Five-0||Deb McGarrett||2013 - 2014 ("Hau'oli La Ho'omoaika'i" and "Ka Hana Malu"); 2016 ("Ua ola loko i ke aloha")|
|2014||Signed, Sealed, Delivered||Ardis Paine||("A Hope and a Future")|
- Carol Burnett plays Miss Hannigan in the 1982 film adaptation of Annie, the role that Jane Lynch played on Broadway version of the film.
- Similar to Carol Burnett's version of Little Girls in Annie, Jane Lynch performs it on Glee as her character, Sue.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Carol Burnett. Bio
- ↑ Carol Burnett Biography (1933-)
- ↑ That her mother's maiden name was Creighton is confirmed in Carol's autobiography "One More Time".
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Carol B.
- ↑ Carol Burnett: "Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story"
- ↑ One laugh changed Carol Burnett's life
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Another Heartbreak
- ↑ Carol Burnett visits with Obama in Oval Office after winning top US humor prize
- ↑ SAG Awards 2016: Carol Burnett wins lifetime achievement award
- ↑ Such a joy to work with these characters!!