The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has named Carol Burnett as the recipient of the first-ever Golden Globe television special achievement award, which was unveiled last week. It honors the highest level of achievement in the medium. Named after its first recipient, The Carol Burnett Award — as it will be known going forward — is the TV equivalent of the Globes’ film-focused Cecil B. DeMille Award, which also carries the name of its first recipient, director DeMille. Burnett will accept the award at the January 6 awards ceremony that will air live coast to coast on NBC from the Beverly Hilton.
“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.”
A five-time Golden Globe winner and the most decorated of all time in the television category, Burnett is widely recognized for her comedic and dramatic roles on television, film and Broadway, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. Named in 2007 by Time magazine as one of 100 Best Television Shows of All Time, The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history. The 50th Anniversary of The Carol Burnett Show special aired on CBS in 2017 to strong ratings and highlighted the multi-generational appeal and strength of a show as relevant now as it was 50 years ago.
As a passionate supporter of the arts and education, Burnett established several scholarships around the country, including the Carol Burnett Musical Theatre Competition at her alma mater, UCLA, and the Carrie Hamilton Foundation, to honor her daughter’s memory.
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