By Cindy Evans
Carol Burnett, award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work on stage and screen and most notably “The Carol Burnett Show.” A Dallas audience at a one-night-only experience at the Winspear Opera House will enjoy an evening of laughter and reflection with Burnett — a conversation where the audience asks the questions. The event is on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
During “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection,” Burnett will take questions from the audience, showing video clips from her shows in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of “The Carol Burnett Show” where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers. “I love the spontaneity of these evenings” said Carol, “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!”
As a highly acclaimed actress, Burnett has been honored with EMMYs, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards, the Horatio Alger Award, an Ace Award, and the Peabody. A Kennedy Center Honoree, she has also been honored with the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Carol Burnett has been chosen to receive the first-ever career achievement award bestowed by the Peabody Awards. Presented by Mercedes-Benz, the Peabody Career Achievement Award is designed to recognize individuals whose work has made a significant impact in TV and broadcast media. The famed actress and comedian will receive the award at the 77th annual Peabody Awards ceremony on May 19 in New York.
“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. “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.”
This is not the first time Burnett has been recognized by the Peabody organization. She earned a Peabody for her work as a performer in 1962. That was well before she began her storied 11-year run on CBS with her variety sketch comedy “The Carol Burnett Show” in 1967. Burnett was also a Peabody Award winner in 1979 as part of the cast of “Friendly Fire,” the ABC telepic about the effect of the Vietnam War on one family.
Burnett remains a force in the industry. She’s set to host an unscripted series, “A Little Help with Carol Burnett,” set to launch on Netflix in May and continues to tour the country.
Tickets for “Carol Burnett … An Evening Of Laughter and Reflection” can be purchased at attpac.org.