Carol Burnett honored at Golden Globes, reminisces on how her 'childhood dreams came true'

PHOTO: Carol Burnett accepts the Carol Burnett TV Achievement award onstage during the 76th annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Jan. 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif.PlayNBCUniversal via Getty Images
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TV legend Carol Burnett said she was "gob-smacked" to receive the Golden Globes' first-ever Carol Burnett Award for television achievement.

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The Carol Burnett Award is the new TV counterpart to the Golden Globes' annual Cecil B. DeMille Award for accomplishment in film.

Steve Carell, who presented the award, called Burnett a comedy legend.

As the star of "The Carol Burnett Show," which ran from 1967 to 1978, Burnett was the first woman to host a TV variety sketch show.

PHOTO: Carol Burnett attends the 76th annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Jan. 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
Carol Burnett attends the 76th annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Jan. 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

"The Carol Burnett Show" won 25 Emmy awards and "remains the gold standard for television comedy," Carell said.

Burnett, 85, is "funny, gracious and kind," Carell said, and one of the most respected and well-liked people in show business.

         
              
                     
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Burnett said the award, "generously named after me, is dedicated to all those who made my dreams come true and all those out there who share the love of television" and who want to be a part of this "unique medium that has been so good to me."

Sometimes I catch myself daydreaming about being young again and doing it all over.

"My first love growing up was the movies. I'd see as many a six to eight films a week with my grandmother," she said. When she got her first TV as a teenager, "I had a new love."

Burnett has won five Golden Globes and is the most decorated person in the TV category.

Her "childhood dreams came true," she said, "on a comedy variety show that half a century later still connects with people in a way that makes me very proud."

"Sometimes I catch myself daydreaming about being young again and doing it all over, and then I bring myself up short when I realize how incredibly fortunate I was to be there at the right time," Burnett said.

She said she doesn't think this kind of variety show could be produced in 2019.

"The cost alone would be prohibitive," she said. "The Carol Burnett Show" had a "28 piece live orchestra... 12 dancers, average of 65 costumes a week," she noted.

At the end of her acceptance speech, Burnett tugged on her ear -- her tradition at the end of the "The Carol Burnett Show" as a way to send a special message to her grandmother.