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Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Ina Louise (née Creighton), a publicity writer for movie studios, and Joseph Thomas Burnett, a movie theater manager. Both of her parents suffered from alcoholism, and at a young age, she was left with her grandmother. Burnett and her grandmother moved to an apartment near her mother’s in an impoverished area of Hollywood. There they stayed in a boarding house with her younger half-sister Chrissy.For a while, she worked as an usherette at what is now the Hollywood Pacific Theatre (the forecourt of which is now the location of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame).During her first year of college, Burnett switched her focus to theater arts and English, with the goal of becoming a playwright. She found she had to take an acting course to enter the playwright program; "I wasn't really ready to do the acting thing, but I had no choice." She followed a sudden impulse in her first performance; "Don't ask me why, but when we were in front of the audience, I suddenly decided I was going to stretch out all my words and my first line came out 'I'm baaaaaaaack!'" The audience response moved her deeply:
"They laughed and it felt great. All of a sudden, after so much coldness and emptiness in my life, I knew the sensation of all that warmth wrapping around me. I had always been a quiet, shy, sad sort of girl and then everything changed for me. You spend the rest of your life hoping you'll hear a laugh that great again."
In 1954, during her junior year, a professor invited Burnett and some other students to perform at a black-tie party. A man and his wife approached her afterward, as she was putting cookies in her purse to take home to her grandmother. Instead of reprimanding her, the man complimented Burnett's performance and asked about her future plans. When he discovered that she wanted to go try her luck with musical comedy in New York, but did not have enough money, he offered her a $1000 interest-free loan on the spot. The conditions were that it was to be paid back in five years, his name was never to be revealed, and if she became a success, she would help others attain their dreams. Burnett took him up on his offer. She left college and moved to New York to pursue an acting career.
In 1966, Lucille Ball became a friend and mentor to Burnett. The two remained close friends until Ball's death in 1989. Ball sent flowers every year on her birthday. When Burnett awoke on the day of her 56th birthday in 1989, she discovered via the morning news that Ball had died. Later that afternoon, flowers arrived at Burnett's house with a note reading, "Happy Birthday, Kid. Love, Lucy."
The hour-long Carol Burnett Show, which debuted in September 1967, garnered 23 Emmy Awards and won or was nominated for multiple Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards every season it was on the air. Golden Globes: 1968 – Best TV Star – Female, The Carol Burnett Show
1970, 1972, 1977, 1978 – Best TV Actress – Musical/Comedy, The Carol Burnett Show
Emmy Awards: 1962 – Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series, The Garry Moore Show
1963 – Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series, Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall and An Evening with Carol Burnett
1972 – Outstanding Variety Series – Musical, The Carol Burnett Show
1974 – Outstanding Music-Variety Series, The Carol Burnett Show
1975 – Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series, The Carol Burnett Show
1997 – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Mad About You
Burnett opened most shows with an impromptu question and answer session with the audience, lasting a few minutes, during which she often demonstrated her ability to humorously ad lib. On numerous occasions, she obliged when asked to perform her trademark Tarzan yell.
Burnett ended each show by tugging her ear, which was a message to her grandmother who raised her. This was done to let her know that she was doing well and that she loved her. During the show's run, Burnett's grandmother died. On an Intimate Portrait episode on Burnett, she tearfully recalled her grandmother's last moments: "She said to my husband Joe from her hospital bed 'Joe, you see that spider up there?' There was no spider, but Joe said he did anyhow. She said 'Every few minutes a big spider jumps on that little spider and they go at it like RABBITS!!' And then she died. There's laughter in everything!" Burnett continued the tradition of tugging her ear.
Burnett and her team struck gold with the original skit "The Family", which eventually was spun off into its own television show called Mama's Family, starring Vicki Lawrence.
Burnett has also been honored to receive a Peabody Award in 1962.
She was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award in 1980.
In 1997, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.
She was a recipient of the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors.
President George W. Bush awarded Burnett the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005, the highest civilian award in the United States.
She was named the Grand Marshal of the 109th Rose Parade and the 84th Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day in 1998.
She was the first honoree and presenter at second annual awards ceremony of the Back Stage West Garland Awards in 1999
On December 1, 2009, she was inducted into the California Hall of Fame at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.
Burnett was presented a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6439 Hollywood Blvd., in front of the Hollywood Pacific Theatre where she worked, as an usher in 1957.
Burnett was been chosen by the Kennedy Center for the 2013 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. She is the first woman to win both the Mark Twain Prize and the Kennedy Center Honors, which she received in 2003.
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Jones is an accomplished stage actor; he has won Tony awards in 1969 for The Great White Hope and in 1987 for Fences. He has acted in many Shakespearean roles: Othello, King Lear, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Abhorson in Measure for Measure, and Claudius in Hamlet.
Golden Globe Awards
1971 New Star of the Year – Actor/The Great White Hope
1991 Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series/Gabriel's Fire
1991 Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie/Heat Wave
Jones has the unusual distinction of being the only actor to win two Emmys in the same year
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2011 Academy Honorary Award
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1993 Won Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director for Unforgiven
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