Carol Burnett is a comedy legend who has been a trailblazer for women since the time she entered the entertainment industry. In the year 1967, she became the first female to host a comedy show. Her show The Carol Burnett Show lasted for 279 episodes from 1967 to 1978.
Throughout her celebrated career, Burnett starred in movies like Noises Off, Pete ‘n’ Tillie, Friendly Fire, The Four Seasons, Seasons of the Heart, and Annie. Along with this, she also appeared in television shows like Sesame Street, Fresno, All My Children, Glee, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Hawaii Five-0 amongst many others.
Apart from being an American actress, comedian, and singer, Burnett is also a mom of three girls. She welcomed her 3 daughters with her ex-husband Joe Hamilton. The former couple was married from 1963 to 1984. Keep scrolling further to learn more about Carol Burnett’s three daughters.
Carrie Hamilton was the eldest daughter of Carol Burnett and her former spouse Joe Hamilton. Burnett gave birth to her and Joe’s first child together, daughter Carrie on December 5, 1963.
Sadly, Carrie left for the heavenly abode in the year 2002. She died due to pneumonia and lung cancer complications. At the time of her passing, she was 38 years old. In a 2018 interview with People magazine, Carol said, “I think of her every day. She never leaves me … I just feel her.”
When Carrie was alive, she decided to follow in the footsteps of her starlet mother. She pursued a career in the entertainment world. She was best noted for essaying the character of Reggie Higgins in the television series Fame between 1986 and 1987.
According to her IMDb page, she appeared in TV shows such as The X-Files and Beverly Hills, 90210. Apart from being an actress, she was also an amazing vocalist. In the year 1996, she joined the first musical tour of Rent across the United States.
While having a chat with People magazine, The Carol Burnett Show alum mentioned that her firstborn was “very interested in people” and “never met a stranger.”
Carol further added, “She also loved to write. One time she was in New York and it was the winter, and homeless people would come up and ask for money. She would say, ‘I’ll give you $10 if you tell me your story.’ She would collect those stories and write about them.”
During her teen years, Carrie started taking drugs. Not only this, but she also began drinking heavily. Back in the day, she went to rehab a total of three times before getting sober.
Burnett told the publication, “She got sober when she was 17. I put her in a third rehab place, and oh my God, she hated me. I came to the conclusion that I had to love her enough to let her hate me. She got sober and we started bonding. We wound up working together, writing a play together. We worked together in three shows.”
The mother-daughter duo wrote the play Hollywood Arms together which was based on Burnett’s 1986 memoir One More Time. As per Playbill, Hal Prince, the Tony Award-winning director of West Side Story, and The Phantom of the Opera donned the director’s hat for the play.
Unfortunately, Carrie never got to see her work onstage. Carol recalled to People magazine, “When Carrie died, I didn’t want to get out of bed for a while, but I had a play to finish that we started that Hal Prince was going to direct. I owed it to Carrie, and I owed it to Hal.”
Carrie is remembered by her mom Carol, dad Joe, and two sisters, Jody and Erin. In the year 1994, she tied the knot with writer and actor Mark Templin but the pair got divorced nearly 4 years later. They did not have any kids.
Burnett and Hamilton’s second daughter, Jody Hamilton joined them earthside on January 18, 1967. Right now, she is 56 years old. Like her mom and elder sister Carrie, she’s also in the showbiz. She produced her mom’s 2001 The Carol Burnett Show television special, Carol Burnett: Show Stoppers.
Apart from this, Jody has also tried her hand at acting. She has one acting credit to her name. She has starred in a movie called Genesis: The Future of Mankind Is Woman. At the moment, she co-hosts the politics and pop culture podcast, From the Bunker.
When we talk about the love life of Jody Hamilton, she is a happily married woman. She and her husband Lonny Paul walked down the aisle in the year 2018. They exchanged their vows in September 2018.
Erin Hamilton, Carol and Joe’s youngest daughter was born in Los Angeles on August 14, 1968. She pursued a career in music and became a dance-pop singer. She is well-known by the viewers for her 1998 song Dream Weaver, which was a cover of Gary Wright‘s 1975 hit.
According to All Music, at the start of her music career, Hamilton opened for top artists such as Bette Midler and Whitney Houston. She released her debut album One World, in the year 1999. Since then, she has not dropped any new music.
As per Hollywood Reporter, Erin was given the title of Miss Golden Globe in 1993. She is a proud mother of two sons. She welcomed her first son, Zachary Carlson, in 1997 with her ex-husband Trae Carlson. She gave birth to her second son Dylan West, in 2006 with her ex-husband Kurt West.
In the past, Erin also struggled with substance abuse issues like her older sister. Then, in 2020, Carol and her husband, Brian Miller, filed for temporary guardianship of her son Dylan.
In a statement issued at that time, Carol said, “Due to addiction issues and other circumstances that my daughter, Erin, has been struggling with impacting her immediate family dynamic, my husband and I have petitioned the court to be appointed legal guardian of my 14-year-old grandson.”
She continued, “Guardianship will be for oversight purposes concerning his health, education, and welfare and not intended to deny him nor the parents proper visitation with one another. We look forward to recovery being the next stepping stone towards normalization and ask for privacy at this time to allow that process to occur.”
In September 2020, Carol and her husband Miller were granted temporary custody of Erin’s son Dylan. A permanent guardian was named last year.
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