Carol Creighton Burnett, born April 26, 1933,[1] is a 85-year-old American actress, comedienne, singer, and writer. She is known for role on The Carol Burnett Show and she guest starred on Glee.

Personal Life

Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas to Ina Creighton and Joseph Burnett.[2][3] She has one half-sister, Chrissy.[4] 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.[4] Her parents died in 1954 and 1957, which they battled alcoholism.[4]

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;[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] She married Brian Miller, whom she had been dating for three years, in November 2001.[7]

Burnett published her autobiography, "One More Time," in 1986.[1]

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.[8]

Burnett became the 52nd recipient honored with the Life Achievement Award at the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards in January 2016.[9]


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.[10] and on Hot in Cleveland in 2013, reuniting with Betty White and Tim Conway.


Year Title Role Notes
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
1975 Twigs Emily/Celia/Dorothy/Ma 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
1980 HealtH Gloria Burbank
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
Annie Miss Hannigan
Eunice Eunice 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
1986 Fresno Charlotte Kensington
1987 Plaza Suite Karen Nash/Muriel Tate/Norma Hubley TV movie
Fame Rose ("Reggie and Rose")
1988 Hostage Martha TV movie
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")
TBA Julie’s Greenroom


  • 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.



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