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SAG-aftra Announces Carol Burnett As The 52nd Recipient Of The Life Achievement Award

20 July 2015 12:49 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-aftra’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Burnett will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.

In making today’s announcement, SAG-aftra President Ken Howard said, “Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius. »

- Michelle McCue

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Dick Gregory Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame

2 February 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was more than half a century ago that Dick Gregory became the Jackie Robinson of stand-up comedy, arguably the first black comic to break through to the white American mainstream. Yet he’s only receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb. 2. Ask him why it took so long, and you’ll get a quick response.

“You know damn good and well why it took so long,” the 82-year-old chuckles. “I’ve been a bad boy.”

That’s one way of putting it. Another way would be to note that, at the height of his popularity, Gregory all but abandoned standup to become a full-time activist, a second major career change (he was a track-and-field star prior to trying his hand at comedy) that saw him stir up trouble for decades, once mounting a run for president, getting shot during the Watts riots, and staging a »

- Andrew Barker

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