All hail Carol Burnett, the queen of comedy! Carol received the Life Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 30. After an amazing introduction from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Carol said she was once told comedy was a ‘man’s game.’ Looks like she proved those haters wrong!
She is one of the biggest comedic legends in entertainment, and the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards made sure to give plenty of love to Carol Burnett, 82. The icon of stage and screen was given the Life Achievement Award, and after five decades full of laughs, she certainly earned it!
Before Carol accepted the honor, presenters Tina Fey, 45, and Amy Poehler, 44, busted out the laughs, saying that the movie Carol was about Carol’s friendship with Julie Andrews, 80. Ha! But Tina and Amy were really there to give mad love to Carol for her trailblazing career. However, Carol recounted how her amazing comedy-variety show almost didn’t happen!
“At first, the network didn’t want me to do [a comedy variety show.] They tried to talk me into doing a half-hour sitcom called Here’s Agnus,” Carol said. When she pushed for The Carol Burnett Show, Carol admitted, “They said – ‘Look, all the comedy variety shows are hosted by men – Sid Caeaser, Jackie Gleason, Milton Berle, now Dean [Martin]. Comedy-variety is a man’s game.'” Uh-oh. Judging by Carol’s look when she said that, she clearly wasn’t going to accept that nonsense — and the comedy world is grateful that she did!
Carol was “gobsmacked” when she learned she’d receive the distinguished honor, according to the L.A. Times. “My chum Julie Andrews taught me that word. Isn’t that a great word? It sounds like what it is. You are gobsmacked.” She certainly earned the praise, thanks to a career that has spanned five-decades. From The Gary Moore Show in 1959 to her own, award-winning program, The Carol Burnett Show, to movies like 1982’s Annie, Carol has proven she can bring the funny anytime and anywhere.
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“Carol is a fabulous comic,” designer Bob Mackie told USA Today. Bob created several signature fashions for The Carol Burnett Show. “She didn’t care what I did to her,” Bob said, thinking of the good times. “She had a beautiful figure, so when she had to look good, it was no big deal.”
This Life Award is certainly a big deal. It was for last year’s recipient, Debbie Reynolds. The 83-year-old actress, known for her roles in How The West Was Won, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Mother, was honored by none other than her famous daughter, Carrie Fisher, 59. Just like Debbie in 2015, the SAG Life Achievement award honored a truly amazing woman. Three cheers for Carol!
Are you glad that Carol was given the SAG Life Achievement award, HollywoodLifers?