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Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett

Lucille Ball gave Carol her first baby shower.

Bob Mackie is her favorite designer. He designed all of the costumes for "The Carol Burnett Show" (1967).

1985: Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.

A.A. from U.C. Berkeley [1954]

At age 10, comedian Jim Carrey sent her his resume.



Attended but did not complete her degree from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 1954.

Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush on 9 November 2005. Other recipients were Frank Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Gen. Richard Myers, Paul Rusesabagina, Andy Griffith, Aretha Franklin, Vint Cerf and his Internet codeveloper Robert Kahn, Jack Nicklaus, Alan Greenspan, and former congressman G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery.

Best friends with Julie Andrews and Beverly Sills.

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy", by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 74-76. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

Born at 4:00am-CST

Considered Jim Nabors to be her good luck charm. He appeared as a guest on the first episode of "The Carol Burnett Show" (1967), and when the show took off, she had him back on the first episode of every season.

Daughter Erin Hamilton was Miss Golden Globe 1993.

Ex-sister-in-law of Will Hutchins.

Former stepmother of Jeffrey Hamilton.

Godmother of Emma Walton, daughter of best friend Julie Andrews.

Has appeared in three different television adaptations of "Once Upon A Mattress", the Broadway version of the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea." In the 1964 and 1972 versions, she played Princess Winnifred. 33 years later, she played Queen Aggravain in the 2005 Disney adaptation.

In 1965, Carol broke her right leg playing softball.

In 1981, she successfully sued the "National Enquirer" for libel, prompted by its article describing her alleged public drunkenness during an altercation with then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger while in a Washington restaurant. The case remains a landmark in the study of libel cases involving celebrities, even though the unprecedented $1.6 million verdict (including $300,000 in personal damages and $1.3 million in "punitive" damages) was later reduced on appeal and the case was eventually settled out of court. Burnett donated the money to charity. She said she pursued the lawsuit because, as the daughter of two deceased alcoholics, the gossip paper's fabrication wounded her emotionally and that they should be punished for their irresponsibility when writing lies about celebrities.

Lost her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, on January 20, 2002 to lung and brain cancer.

Measurements: 33 1/2-26-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

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