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Carol Burnett: 2013 Mark Twain Prize Winner

The Mark Twain Prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society through humor in the tradition of 19th century novelist, essayist and satirist Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain.

The 2013 recipient is Carol Burnett, award winning actress and best selling author, who is probably best known for The Carol Burnett Show which aired from 1967 to 1978 averaged 30 million viewers per week, and received 25 Emmy awards. In 2007 The Carol Burnett Show was named one of "100 Best Television Shows of All Time" by TIME magazine. (Source: Kennedy Center for Performing Arts)

The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American humor was created by The Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts in 1998 and recognizes artists who have made a significant contribution to the world of American academy.

To read books about and by Carol Burnett and to watch some of the famous Carol Burnett show check out the library materials listed below.


Amazon Says: The Carol Burnett Show is one of the most popular and beloved shows in the history of television and it is now available on DVD to all audiences for the very first time. Start more...
Amazon Says: The Carol Burnett Show is one of the most popular and beloved shows in the history of television and it is now available on DVD to all audiences for the very first time. Starting in 1967 and continuing for 11 straight years, The Carol Burnett Show was the ultimate variety show with music, acting, larger-than-life guest stars, and, of course, comedy... sketches, jokes and parodies that are as funny now as they were 40 years ago. All the episodes in the DVD collections were personally chosen by Carol, and all DVDs feature full, unedited episodes as they originally aired on television. less...
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Amazon Says: In this heartfelt comedy about three 40-something couples who frequently vacation together, life's ups and downs take their toll. Their perfect dynamic is forever changed when more...
Amazon Says: In this heartfelt comedy about three 40-something couples who frequently vacation together, life's ups and downs take their toll. Their perfect dynamic is forever changed when one friend leaves his wife for a much younger woman. The lines are drawn when they are forced to take sides regarding the new couple, reminding us that friendship is like the seasons - forever changing. less...
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Amazon Says: Laugh until you cry with the most hilarious and memorable episodes of THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW now on DVD on CAROL'S CRACK UPS. Hand-picked by Carol Burnett just for you, these more...
Amazon Says: Laugh until you cry with the most hilarious and memorable episodes of THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW now on DVD on CAROL'S CRACK UPS. Hand-picked by Carol Burnett just for you, these sketches were so funny that they tested the strength of even the most seasoned cast members. From 1967 to 1978, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW tickled America's funny bone on CBS with a blend of comedy, song and dance that made the Emmy Award-winning program "Must See TV" decades before another network coined the phrase. Carol and company--Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and later Tim Conway and Dick Van Dyke--entertained millions each week joined by some of the biggest stars in the business. Ad libs and the occasional flubbed line brought a spontaneity to the screen that was absent from most other variety shows. Carol, the 2013 winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, has selected these episodes from her extensive archive. CAROL'S CRACK UPS features three UNCUT episodes as they originally aired on television, and showcases some of the most acclaimed and beloved moments from the show, including hilarious movie parodies Rebecky and The Story of a Star plus comedy sketches "The Movie Fan," "No-Frills Gas" and "World's Oldest Orphan." Guest starring Andy Griffith, Helen Reddy, Dick Van Dyke and Jack Cassidy. less...
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Amazon Says: A touching and hilarious memoir by the author of Carrie and Me: A Mother Daughter Love Story, This Time Together is 100 percent Carol Burnett – funny, irrevere more...
Amazon Says: A touching and hilarious memoir by the author of Carrie and Me: A Mother Daughter Love Story, This Time Together is 100 percent Carol Burnett – funny, irreverent, and irresistible.   Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won twenty-five Emmys in its remarkable eleven-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another – reading it feels like sitting down with an old friend who has wonderful tales to tell.   In engaging anecdotes, Carol discusses her remarkable friendships with stars such at Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, and Julie Andrews; the background behind famous scenes, like the moment she swept down the stairs in her curtain-rod dress in the legendary “Went With the Wind” skit; and things that would happen only to Carol – the prank with Julie Andrews that went wrong in front of the First Lady; the famous Tarzan Yell that saved her during a mugging; and the time she faked a wooden leg to get served in a famous ice cream emporium. This poignant look back allows us to cry with the actress during her sorrows, rejoice in her successes, and finally, always, to laugh. less...
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Amazon Says: In this beautiful and poignant tribute to her late daughter, award-winning actress and New York Times bestselling author Carol Burnett presents a funny and moving memoir ab more...
Amazon Says: In this beautiful and poignant tribute to her late daughter, award-winning actress and New York Times bestselling author Carol Burnett presents a funny and moving memoir about mothering an extraordinary young woman through the struggles and triumphs of her life. “More than anything, we are remembered for our smiles: the ones we share with our closest and dearest, and the one we bestow on a total stranger who needs it right then, and God has put us there to deliver.” — Carrie Hamilton You are about to meet an extraordinary young woman, Carrie Hamilton. The daughter of one of television’s most recognizable and beloved stars, Carol Burnett, Carrie won the hearts of everyone she met with her kindness, quirky sense of humor, and wonderfully unconventional approach to life. Living in the spotlight of celebrity, but in an era when personal troubles were kept private, Carrie and Carol made a brave display of honesty and love by going public with teenager Carrie’s drug addiction and recovery. Carrie lived her adult life of sobriety to the fullest, enjoying happy and determined independence and achieving a successful artistic career as an actress, writer, musician, and director. Carrie’s passion for life and her humorist’s view of the world never wavered as she aggressively battled cancer. Carrie died at the age of 38. Carrie and Me is Carol Burnett’s poignant tribute to her late daughter and a funny and moving memoir about mothering an extraordinary young woman through the struggles and triumphs of her life. Sharing her personal diary entries, photographs, and correspondence, Carol traces the journey she and Carrie took through some of life’s toughest challenges and sweetest miracles. Authentic, intimate, and full of love, Carrie and Me is a story of hope and joy that only a mother could write. less...
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Amazon Says: New York Times Bestseller Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.   In  more...
Amazon Says: New York Times Bestseller Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.   In In Such Good Company, Carol Burnett pulls back the curtain on the twenty-five-time Emmy-Award winning show that made television history, and she reminisces about the outrageously funny and tender moments that made working on the series as much fun as watching it.  Carol delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and improvisations that made The Carol Burnett Show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. While writing this book, Carol rewatched all 276 episodes and screen-grabbed her favorite video stills from the archives to illustrate the chemistry of the actors and the improvisational magic that made the show so successful.  Putting the spotlight on everyone from her costars to the impressive list of guest stars, Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode. With characteristic wit and incomparable comic timing, she details hiring Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway; shares anecdotes about guest stars and close friends, including Lucille Ball, Roddy Mcdowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Betty White; and gives her take on her favorite sketches and the unpredictable moments that took both the cast and viewers by surprise. This book is Carol's love letter to a golden era in television history through the lens of her brilliant show. Get the best seat in the house for "eleven years of laughter, mayhem, and fun in the sandbox." less...
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