HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Legendary comedienne, actress and author Carol Burnett on Thursday unveiled a sign in her honor just outside her alma mater — Hollywood High.
The intersection of Highland Avenue and Selma Avenue in Hollywood will now be officially known as Carol Burnett Square.
The city of Los Angeles honored Burnett for her lifetime achievements in show business.
The intersection, next to Hollywood High School, was also chosen because she grew up in Hollywood.
A humble Burnett told CBS2′ Tom Wait, “To have a square named after me — at Highland and Selma — it’s like a miracle.”
Today’s tribute brought back a flood of memories. “I remember going with my grandmother to the movies on Hollywood Boulevard when I was young. And the movies kinda gave me my start.
The comedienne, who is now approaching 80, is known for her self-deprecating, light hearted humor.
Burnett still has her favorite sketches and characters. “Mrs. Wiggins and Mr. Tudball with Tim [Conway.] And the family sketch with Vicki [Lawrence] as mama and I’m Eunice.”
Her focus of late has been on her new book, which tells the story of her daughter Carrie Hamilton, who died of cancer 11 years ago. “She was a force. She was really funny, highly talented and I lost her to cancer when she was only 38 years old,” says Burnett.
The Hollywood legend says she hopes her square not only serves as a tribute to her but also serves to honor her daughter.