Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are sure to be glad they had some time together with Carol Burnett: The duo will present the groundbreaking comic actress with her Life Achievement Award at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards this weekend.
The ear-tugging star of The Carol Burnett Show will be the 52nd recipient of the award, which is presented each year to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” Her crowded trophy case already includes a half-dozen Emmys, multiple Golden Globes, a Tony, a Peabody, a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2013, the City of Los Angeles named the intersection of Highland & Selma as Carol Burnett Square.
Since her variety show wrapped its 11-year run in 1978, Burnett has continued to work, mostly in TV. Recent roles include recurring on Hot In Cleveland, Glee and as Steve McGarrett’s Aunt Deb on Hawaii Five-O. She also appeared on such series as the successful Burnett Show spinoff Mama’s Family, Mad About You — winning an Emmy for her guest gig — and All My Children along with toplining a pair of short-lived variety shows in the early 1990s.