Legendary Carol Burnett gets standing ovation at the Golden Globes before her powerful speech

Oyin Balogun
Jan 08, 2019
04:02 P.M.
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Carol Burnett moved the Golden Globes audience with her heart-melting Lifetime Achievement speech. The outstanding award show, which took place on the 7th of January at The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, California, honored the 85-year-old legend as the winner of the first-ever "Carol Burnett" Award.


Carol, the first recipient of an honorary award named after her, was full of emotions at the Golden Globes as she received the award. Beaming with grace and pride, the comedy legend spoke about her career in television.


Steve Carell presented the award, using the opportunity to recount Burnett's endless list of accomplishments. He spoke of her with so much admiration.


Her acceptance speech was preceded by a compilation video of her fantastic TV career highlights, showing what an incredible talent she is. In the end, it was clear that she deserved every bit of the celebration.

There was a resounding standing ovation as Carol stepped on stage; so many people in the hall have had their career influenced one way or the other by the icon.


She said her first love growing up was the movies. She got her first "television set" as a teenager which ignited an immense love for TV.

“But what fascinated me was how stars on the screen could make people laugh, or cry or maybe both” - Carol said in her speech.

The 85-year-old further stated that she sometimes catches herself daydreaming, wishing to be young once again and do it all over; but then her thoughts drift to how fortunate it's been to be in the industry at that time.

“Because what we did then, it couldn't be done today.” - Carol

Burnett also spoke about how TV has evolved over the years.


In her final words, she dedicated the award:

“to all those who made my dreams come true, and to all those out there who share the love I have for television and yearn to be part of this unique medium that has been so good to me.”

Through her many years in TV, Golden Globes has proved to benefit Burnett. The Carol Burnett Show won five Golden Globes: 1968, 1979, 1972, 1977 and 1978.


Carol's career has paved the way for many comedians after her - pioneered TV comedy shows; and when asked recently in an interview what she would want her legacy to be, the comedian said she wants people to say:

“She made me smile. She made me laugh when I was down.”

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