Carol Burnett Will Receive Inaugural Peabody Career Achievement Award

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The pioneering entertainer was among the first wave of women to blaze a trail for female comics on television.
Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett

Entertainment icon Carol Burnett will be honored with the first-ever Peabody Career Achievement Award May 19 in New York City. The distinction will be presented to individuals “whose work and commitment to broadcast media has left an indelible mark on the field.”

Burnett was honored with a Personal Peabody Award in 1969.

“Carol Burnett is one of the all-time greats of television comedy. Her wit and talent set the bar for women in entertainment,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody, in a statement. “Suffice it to say there would be no Gilda Radner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, or Tina Fey without her blazing the trail. We are pleased to celebrate the many contributions of a beloved TV icon.”

Burnett is an Emmy Award winner and known for her television variety show The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for 11 years and averaged 30 million viewers a week.

Burnett won a special Tony Award in 1969. She was nominated for Tony Awards for her performances in Once Upon a Mattress and Moon Over Buffalo. She has also been seen on Broadway in Fade Out-Fade In, and Putting It Together. Burnett made her Broadway playwriting debut in 2002 alongside her daughter Carrie Hamilton with Hollywood Arms, based on her memoir.

Burnett's most recent work includes The 50th Anniversary of The Carol Burnett Show special, which aired on CBS in December, and the upcoming family show A Little Help with Carol Burnett, scheduled to launch May 4 on Netflix.

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