American comedian, singer, actress and TV producer Carol Creighton Burnett was born on 26 April 1933, in San Antonio, Texas, and is still probably best known as the host of the long-running “The Carol Burnett Show” which aired on CBS in the 1960s and ‘70s, although she has made many other notable appearances on both TV and film, as well as in live shows.
So just how rich is Carol Burnett, as of early 2017? Celebrity dot money estimates that Carol has a net worth as high as 25 million dollars, accumulated during a career in the entertainment industry which now spans over six decades since her debut on TV in 1955.
Carol had a really difficult childhood with a dark background, as she was born to alcoholic parents, and was not the happiest child although actually raised by her grandmother M. E. White, and moving to an apartment near Hollywood. Her situation improved when she discovered her acting talent during her college years, although she couldn’t think she would ever seriously work as an actress, despite having had such a great dream since childhood. Carol matriculated from Holywood High School, and then began studying journalism at UCLA courtesy of a gift, but switched to acting as part of the writing program. She was then sponsored to move to New York, where after a year auditioning, Burnett made her debut on TV in 1955, appearing in “The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show”, only the beginning of Burnett’s bright career and net worth.
Carol had several more minor roles in shows before appearing in the famous “The Garry Moore Show” together with Durward Kirby and Garry Moore, definitely Carol’s break-through performance which also increased her net worth considerably, especially as she became a regular until 1962. Subsequently, she became known for her appearances in such movies as “Once Upon a Mattress”, “Pete ‘n’ Tillie”, “Get Bruce” “Annie” and “Post Grad” among many others.
However, none compared with “The Carol Burnett Show”, in which Carol starred together with Vicki Lawrence, Tin Conway, Harvey Korman and Lyle Waggoner, which made her a household name in the US. The show ran from 1967 to 78, winning 23 Emmy Awards among many others, and maintaining its popularity with audiences because of the varied mixture of humor, satire and slapstick, so contributing significantly to Carol’s bank account. Concurrently, she was the first star to appear on “Sesame Street” in 1969, again ingratiating herself with the TV audience.
Her own show was hard to follow, but Carol frequently guest-starred in TV series, including “All My Children”, “Mama’s Family” and “Mad About You”, as well as appearing on the Broadway stage in “Moon Over Buffalo” in the mid-90s, and “Putting it Together” in 2000.
Carol is still active in the entertainment industry – more recently in 2014 she participated in “The Colbert Report” created by Ben Karlin, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and Joe Antonetti, and has an annual recurring role in “Hawaii-Five 0”.
In her personal life, Carol has married three times, firstly to college boyfriend Don Saroyan from 1955 to ’62, then to Joe Hamilton – a TV producer – from 1963 to ’84, with whom she had three daughters. Since 2001 she has been married to musician Brian Miller, 23 years her junior; they continue to live in Los Angeles.
I have a very loud laugh ( so *they* said) and a penchant for cocktail rings (the bigger, the better). It would be wise not to test me on Sex and the City trivia. Funnel muffins are the way to my heart.