Carol Burnett to be honored with Golden Globes’ inaugural special TV achievement award

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Legendary comedian and feminist icon Carol Burnett will receive the inaugural Golden Globe television special achievement award in 2019, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced.

Appropriately dubbed the Carol Burnett Award, the new honor will celebrate the highest level of achievement in the television. A five-time Globe winner — making her the most honored in the television competition — Burnett will accept the award at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January.

“For more than 50 years, comedy trailblazer Carol Burnett has been breaking barriers while making us laugh,” said HFPA President Meher Tatna. “She was the first woman to host a variety sketch show, ‘The Carol Burnett Show.’ She was also the first woman to win both the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and Kennedy Center Honors. And now we add another first to her running list: the first recipient -– and namesake -– of the new Golden Globe top honor for achievement in television, the Carol Burnett Award. We are profoundly grateful for her contributions to the entertainment industry and honored to celebrate her legacy forever at the Golden Globes.”

An acclaimed film, television and Broadway performer, Burnett, 85, is best known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran for 11 years and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history. This year marked the golden anniversary of the show, and Burnett returned to CBS Television Studios to tape “The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special,” featuring classic sketches and memorable guests. CBS also dedicated a special artists’ entrance in her honor.

Along with her Golden Globe triumphs, Burnett is a six-time Emmy winner and the recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, an Ace Award, two Peabody Awards, a Grammy, the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is a Kennedy Center Honoree, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. She also received the life achievement award at the 2016 SAG Awards.

Burnett is an avid supporter of the arts and education and has established several scholarships around the country, including the Carol Burnett Musical Theatre Competition at her alma mater, UCLA. She started the Carrie Hamilton Foundation in memory of her youngest daughter, who died in 2002 at the age of 38 of cancer.

Current TV stars Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) and Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) will co-host the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards when the show airs live from California at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Jan. 6 on NBC.



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