Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has announced that Carol Burnett will be the 10th star to join the Broadway Legends ornament collection. Previous stars in the series include Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Barbra Streisand, and Gwen Verdon.
This year's ornament, designed by Glen Hanson with the Christopher Radko Company, features Burnett as Princess Winnifred, the iconic role she originated on Broadway in Once Upon a Mattress in 1959. "Princess Winnifred holds a dear place in my heart as she was my Broadway debut," Burnett said. "To have her live on, adorning holiday trees and continuing to bring smiles to so many is gratifying. What's even better is that 'Fred' is helping people who need them most get medication and meals and health care."
Burnett received a special Tony Award in 1969 for her contributions to the theater. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her Once Upon a Mattress performance, and again in 1996 for best lead actress in a play for Moon Over Buffalo. She is best known for starring in her sketch and variety show The Carol Burnett Show. The series, which ran for 11 seasons, won 22 Emmy Awards and helped earn Burnett a place in the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Tony winners and Broadway icons Bernadette Peters and Kristin Chenoweth will host the Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special on CBS this December, a tribute to Burnett and the legendary variety show.
Also available in the Broadway Cares online store are signed copies of Burnett's recently released memoir, In Such Good Company.
To purchase the Carol Burnett Broadway Legends ornament, click here.
To purchase In Such Good Company, click here.
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