Carol Burnett is an American actress, comedian, writer, and singer. After a long and successful television career, Carol Burnett has become one of entertainment history’s most well-known and beloved people.
She is most remembered for hosting The Carol Burnett Show on CBS, although she has had acting roles in film, television, radio, and theater. Carol Burnett has received numerous honors for her contributions to the entertainment industry.
Is Carol Burnett Married?
Carol Burnett is married to musician Brian Miller and has been for over 20 years. According to her memoir, “This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection,” the two met in 1993 when she “signed on to perform for six weeks in a musical in Long Beach [Calif].” Not only did Brian play the drums for the production, but he was also responsible for hiring the other musicians.
They met again a few years later and felt an inescapable connection despite their age differences — Brian is 23 years her junior.
“As we get older, the gap between our ages narrows. If you were 40 and married a 20-year-old, I don’t think you could communicate like [we do],” said Carol to People Magazine. In November 2001 they were married, and as of the time of the writing are still together. Since their wedding, the couple has certainly been through a lot.
Carol’s daughter Carrie died two months later, in January 2002, at 38, from lung cancer-related pneumonia, and Brian was by her side the entire time.
Carol expressed her reluctance to get out of bed when a play she co-wrote with her daughter was slated to premiere immediately following her death. She told presenter Michael Kushner on the Dear Multi-Hyphenate podcast that Brian told her she “owed it to Carrie” to be there.
Carol’s daughter Erin Hamilton suffers from addiction issues and in August 2020, Carol and Brian were granted “temporary guardianship” of Erin’s son, per People. Court documents obtained by the outlet said, “Although Brian is not Dylan’s biological grandfather, he has known Dylan for Dylan’s entire life and loves him like his grandson.”
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Carol Burnett Has a Couple of Ex-Husbands
In a 2010 interview with The New York Times ahead of the release of “This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection,” the writer briefly mentions Carol’s first two husbands. “Ms. Burnett also notes, cordially and without rancor, her divorces from Don Saroyan, her college sweetheart, around the opening of Mattress, and from Joe Hamilton, the longtime Carol Burnett Show executive producer, in 1984.”
Per Don’s IMDB page, he and Carol were married from 1955 to 1962. Like Carol, he was an actor but never achieved the same success. He mostly had small parts or worked on the production side. He passed away on Nov. 24, 1990 at the age of 62, and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
Her next husband, Joe Hamilton, would end up being the father to her three daughters. He married Carol in 1963, and the couple divorced in 1984, per his obituary in The New York Times. He produced several of Carol’s programs, including “Carol and Company, Carol Plus 2, and two specials starring Miss Burnett and Julie Andrews — Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall and Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center.” He passed away on June 12, 1991, of cancer.
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