Throughout her entire career, Carol Burnett has been a pioneer and inspiration, particularly for women in comedy. Her sketch comedy show debuted in 1967 and ran for 11 seasons. She was class and elegance; clever and outrageous; and she did the best Tarzan imitation of them all.
Now 85, she’s touring the country, playing to sell-out crowds, and she was recently saluted at the Golden Globes Awards with the inaugural Carol Burnett Award, which will be given annually to honor lifetime achievements in television. It was the latest accolade for the woman who’s also been honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Kennedy Center Honor.
All of this for a woman who grew up in poverty and began her career during a time when the powers that be didn’t believe a woman could carry a comedy show.
Burnett looks back on her legendary and groundbreaking career with Growing Bolder, and explains why she was not satisfied to fade away. She explains how losing her 38-year-old daughter to cancer encouraged her to appreciate every moment of life, even the unimaginably painful ones.
It’s a conversation with a true American icon that you don’t want to miss!