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Carol Burnett to Be Awarded the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award in January

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Actress Carol Burnett smiles before U.S. President George W. Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award, in the East Room of the White House in November 2005. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 10:02 AM

Carol Burnett to set to receive the coveted Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in January as the award’s 52nd recipient, the SAG announced on Monday.

The SAG Life Achievement Award, which is given annually to an actor who fosters “the finest ideals of the acting profession,” will be awarded to Burnett at the event’s 22nd ceremony that will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS on January 30, 2016, according to a SAG Awards press release. This honor will join Burnett’s extensive collection of multiple Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the 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 in a statement. “Carol has delighted and inspired millions of viewers and thousands of comedic actors. She took risks as a performer and through her courage, encouraged fellow actors to try new things and always, always reach for the sky.”

Burnett, 82, is well-renowned for her show, “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran on CGB from 1967-1978, and which Howard also called “a masterpiece of variety programming,” according to USA Today. Her film credits also include playing the role of Miss Hannigan in the 1982 film version of the musical “Annie.”

The comedian’s parody of Scarlett O’Hara wearing the “curtain-rod” dress is widely considered to be one of comic television’s most iconic and memorable moments, according to Reuters. Burnett’s film credits also include “Noises Off,” “A Wedding,” and “Four Seasons.” Her Broadway debut was in “Once Upon a Mattress” in 1959, and she has made guest appearances upon “Glee” and “Hot in Cleveland.”

The SAG merged with the American Trade of Television and radio Artists in 2012 to form the SAG-AFTRA, and it is the profession’s leading group that represents more than 160,000 actors, dancers, broadcasters, recording artists, and other performers, according to Reuters.

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