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Carol Burnett to receive new Peabody award


Another day, another honor for Carol Burnett. The 84-year-old comedy legend will be presented with the first-ever Peabody Career Achievement award, "reserved for individuals whose work and commitment to broadcast media has left an indelible mark on the field."

Burnett will be officially recognized at the annual Peabody Awards ceremony May 19 in New York.

The organization praised Burnett as "one of the all-time greats of television comedy," whose "wit and talent set the bar for women in entertainment."

"Suffice it to say there would be no Gilda Radner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus or Tina Fey without her blazing the trail."

The Peabody Awards, established in 1940 by philanthropist George Peabody, honor outstanding achievements in TV, radio and online. Burnett received the Peabody Personal Award in 1962 for her pioneering role as "one of television's funniest and most highly acclaimed comediennes."

Five years later, she launched "The Carol Burnett Show," which ran for 11 seasons on CBS and won 25 Primetime Emmy Awards. A golden anniversary special, "The 50th Anniversary of The Carol Burnett Show," aired in December.

Burnett will return with a new show on Netflix, "A Little Help with Carol Burnett," featuring children offering advice to adults. The series will start streaming May 4.