Actress and comedian Carol Burnett, 90 years old, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 49th Gracie Awards celebrating women in media

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Carol Burnett, 90, has been unveiled as the lifetime achievement honoree at the upcoming 49th Annual Gracie Awards.

Founded in 1975, the ceremony was named after Carol’s fellow comedy icon Gracie Allen, who rose to fame in a double act with her husband George Burns.

The awards show is held to honor women in media, with prizes this year going to such luminaries as Michelle Obama, Sydney Sweeney and Nicole Kidman.

Now the Alliance for Women in Media FoundationĀ (AWMF), theĀ organization behind the gala, has revealed that Carol will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.Ā 

She became a pioneering TV star with her sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show in the 1960s and 1970s and has remained a showbiz mainstay ever since, currently acting on the Apple TV+ series Palm Royale starring Kristin Wiig.

Actress and comedian Carol Burnett, 90 years old, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 49th Gracie Awards celebrating women in media

Carol Burnett, 90, has been unveiled as the lifetime achievement honoree at this year’s upcoming Gracie Awards; pictured last March at the premiere of her new show Palm Royale

She became a pioneering TV star with her sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show in the 1960s and 1970s; she is pictured on a 1967 episode with guest star Lucille Ball (right)

She became a pioneering TV star with her sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show in the 1960s and 1970s; she is pictured on a 1967 episode with guest star Lucille Ball (right)

This year’s Gracie Awards will be held at theĀ Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 21 and feature a performance by Fight Song singer Rachel Platten.Ā 

AWMF president Becky Brooks announced the lifetime achievement honoree, saying: ‘Carol Burnett is a true icon of television and entertainment, whose impact spans decades and resonates with audiences of all ages.’Ā 

She added: ‘Her groundbreaking work on The Carol Burnett Show set a standard for excellence in comedy and storytelling, earning her countless awards and accolades.’

Previous lifetime achievement awardees include Cicely Tyson, Rita Moreno, Jane Pauley, Marlo Thomas and Wonder Woman icon Lynda Carter.

This year’s Gracie Awards will be handed out to a dazzling array of stars including Selena Gomez, Gayle King, Rachel Brosnahan, Kelly Clarkson and Angela Yee.Ā 

Carol has enjoyed a long and illustrious career, in which her most celebrated job was her 11 years as the star of the sketch program The Carol Burnett Show.

However, when she first began to make her bones in the entertainment industry, television was not initially receptive to her talents.

‘It was some local television show in New York and I got up and I belted out a song and the emcee that I was auditioning for said: “You’re too loud for television,”‘ Carol told PeopleĀ last year ahead of her 90th birthday. ‘I disagreed.’

Carol is pictured with her longtime co-star Harvey Corman on a 1969 episode of The Carol Burnett Show, which ran from 1967 until 1978

Carol is pictured with her longtime co-star Harvey Corman on a 1969 episode of The Carol Burnett Show, which ran from 1967 until 1978

From her beloved run on The Carol Burnett Show to her scene-stealing turns in such movies as Annie, she established herself as a superstar; pictured in Annie with Aileen Quinn

From her beloved run on The Carol Burnett Show to her scene-stealing turns in such movies as Annie, she established herself as a superstar; pictured in Annie with Aileen Quinn

Fans can now watch her on the Apple TV+ dramedy Palm Royale (pictured) amid a star-studded cast including Kristin Wiig, Ricky Martin, Laura Dern, Allison Janney and Kaia Gerber

Fans can now watch her on the Apple TV+ dramedy Palm Royale (pictured) amid a star-studded cast including Kristin Wiig, Ricky Martin, Laura Dern, Allison Janney and Kaia Gerber

Eventually she found her way to fame onstage, landing her star-making role in the 1959 Broadway musical Once Upon A Mattress.

Based on The Princess And The Pea, the show featured music by Mary Rodgers – daughter of The Sound Of Music composer Richard Rodgers – and catapulted Carol to prominence in show business.

From her beloved run on The Carol Burnett Show to her scene-stealing turns in such movies as Annie, she established herself as a superstar and then a national treasure.

Her career also gave her a longtime personal and professional bond with Julie Andrews, including a 1962 Carnegie Hall concert that was taped for television.Ā 

Fans can now watch Carol on the Apple TV+ dramedy Palm Royale, amid a star cast including Kristin Wiig, Ricky Martin, Laura Dern, Allison Janney and Kaia Gerber.

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