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August 22, 2020

Inside Carol Burnett's Tragic Story with Her Daughter Erin's Addiction

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Carol Burnett, 87, is currently struggling with a daughter who is battling an addiction. The star has even gone as far as trying to get custody of her grandson amid the controversy.

Carol Burnett personally knows what it’s like to be directly affected by addiction. As a child, her parents, Creighton and Joseph Burnett were alcoholics and now her own daughter, Erin Hamilton, 52, is a victim to addiction too.

This week, the actress took matters into her own hands amid her daughter’s battle with her addiction. Burnett filed to be a temporary legal guardian of her grandson, Dylan, 13, who turns 14 in September.

Carol Burnett and Erin Hamilton at The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 1993, in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images

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DAUGHTER’S ADDICTION

The star explained how Hamilton’s addiction and other circumstances affected her own family badly. Seeing the devastation caused by her daughter’s problem, Burnett and her husband, Brian Miller, felt moved to save their grandson.

The guardianship doesn’t aim to separate the teenager from his parents. His grandparents just want to oversee his education, welfare, and health.

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GOING INTO RECOVERY

Burnett explained how they hoped Hamilton would take the next step into recovery so things could go back to normal. However, in the meantime, the actress asked for privacy.

According to “The Blast,” court documents, state how Burnett noted Hamilton’s 19-year journey in and out of rehabilitation. The star’s daughter has also been institutionalized eight different times.

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ATTEMPTING SUICIDE

Last month, Hamilton attempted suicide as well. The former host of “The Carol Burnett Show” ended up involving the Los Angeles Police Department who completed a wellness check on her daughter.

She was placed on a psychiatric hold and received treatment at both Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Chino Hills Hospital. Whereas Dylan’s father, Kurt West is incapable of caring for the pre-teenager and recently went into a rehabilitation center.

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GRANDSON’S BACKGROUND

Dylan’s living environment has been described as: “Unstable, unpredictable and unhealthy for a child.” In 2018 and 2019, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) had to investigate the matter and undertake juvenile dependency proceedings in response.

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CAROL’S ALCOHOLIC PARENTS

Burnett’s parents descended into alcohol addiction when their careers failed after moving from San Antonio to Los Angeles. The star recalled how she thought she could help but eventually learned she couldn’t fix them.

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STARRING ON HER OWN SHOW

The star, who built her fame from the bottom up, starred on "The Carol Burnett Show," from 1967 to 1978. In September 2013, she won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor among other accolades.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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