Carol Burnett Celebrates 90th Birthday: Hear How She Overcame Sexism to Make TV History

Comedian Carol Burnett, famous for her long-running variety show “The Carol Burnett Show” celebrated her 90th birthday with a special two-hour NBC tribute. In an interview ahead of the special, Burnett discussed her legacy in comedy and her iconic show, which ran for 11 seasons from 1967 to 1978.

She shared stories of the show’s creation, including how she convinced CBS executives to give her a variety show despite being a woman, and how she hired a diverse cast including Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, and Tim Conway. Burnett also spoke about her admiration for Lucille Ball and how she learned comedy from watching her perform.

The tribute special included clips from Burnett’s show, as well as tributes from other comedians, including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph. The special celebrated Burnett’s contributions to comedy and entertainment, and her enduring influence on future generations of comedians.

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