Carol Burnett to be honored with a SAG Life Achievement Award

Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, James Earl Jones, Betty White, Sidney Poitier and Debbie Reynolds who received the accolade last year.

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

The Life Achievement statuette

Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.

“Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius.  She embodies the generosity and courage that the greatest actors use in creating enduring and memorable characters,” SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said. “From her heartbreakingly hilarious Starlet O’Hara to the adorably inept Eunice and alarmingly funny Miss Hannigan, Carol has delighted and inspired millions of viewers and thousands of comedic actors.”

Burnett will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET).

The Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award has been presented annually since 1962, except for 1964 and 1981. Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, James Earl Jones, Betty White, Sidney Poitier and Debbie Reynolds who received the accolade last year.

Photo Credit: Randee St. Nicholas and Mark Hill

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