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Carol Burnett to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2024 Gracie Awards

Carol Burnett will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 49th Annual Gracie Awards Gala on May 21 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The award recognizes a woman whose work in media honors the legacy of Gracie Allen, a pioneering force in the industry and the award’s namesake. The awards are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF).

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“Carol Burnett is a true icon of television and entertainment, whose impact spans decades and resonates with audiences of all ages,” Becky Brooks, president of the AWMF, said in a statement. “Her groundbreaking work on The Carol Burnett Show set a standard for excellence in comedy and storytelling.”

Burnett won her seventh competitive Emmy Award in January for outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) for Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love. The two-hour NBC special featured such pals as Julie Andrews and Cher and a performance by Katy Perry of “I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together,” the theme song to The Carol Burnett Show.

That award gave Burnett a 61-year span of Primetime Emmys. She won her first such award in 1962 for outstanding performance in a variety or musical program for The Gary Moore Show.

In 2017, Burnett won a Grammy for best spoken word album for In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem & Fun in the Sandbox.

In 1985, Burnett became just the second woman (after Lucille Ball) to be inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Her many other honorary awards include the Kennedy Center Honors (2003), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2005), the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (2013), and the life achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild (2015). In 2019, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association created The Carol Burnett Award which is an honorary Golden Globe to celebrate outstanding contributions to television. Burnett was the first recipient.

Burnett co-stars in the new series Palm Royal for Apple TV, which premiered March 20. The cast includes Kristin Wiig, Allison Janney, Laura Dern, Ricky Martin and Josh Lucas.

As a non-profit organization, AWMF is committed to developing educational programs, charitable activities and scholarship initiatives that directly benefit women in the media.

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