Carol Creighton Burnett is an American film, stage and television star, as well as a comedienne and writer. She was born on April 26, 1933, in San Antonio, Texas, to Joseph "Jody" Burnett and Ina Creighton-Burnett. After her parents divorced, she was raised by her maternal grandmother, Mabel Eudora White, in Hollywood, California. Carol Burnett graduated from Hollywood High School in 1951 before attending the University of California, Los Angeles, and majoring in Theater Arts and English.
Although studying to become a playwright, Carol Burnett left college in 1954, before earning her degree, relocating to New York City in search of acting work with her then boyfriend, Don Saroyan. Carol Burnett married Saroyan in 1955, but the pair divorced in 1962.
Carol Burnett's most successful work, "The Carol Burnett Show" was the first show to prove that women had a place in sketch comedy. It earned her 70 Emmy Award nominations and 25 wins. Carol Burnett's award repertoire also includes two Grammy nominations, two Tony nominations and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the most prestigious awards in entertainment, were also bestowed upon Burnett in 2013.
As her way of saying hello to her grandmother, Carol Burnett gave a signature ear tug at the end of each episode of "The Carol Burnett Show," a gesture that, as of 2015, she is still known to do at the end of performances and appearances, even though her grandmother has passed away.