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The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show (1955)
In the '50s kids' show, Paul Winchell was the ventriloquist and Jerry Mahoney was his dummy. Burnett got her first TV introduction playing the girlfriend — to the dummy.
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The Garry Moore Show (1958)
Burnett popularized her iconic cleaning woman character on the comedy/variety series. She was such a standout that she won the first of her six Emmy awards for her work. (She would be nominated 21 times.)
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Once Upon a Mattress (1959-1960; 1972; 2005)
Burnett earned a Tony nomination playing Princess Winifred the Woebegone in the musical based on The Princess and the Pea, then later reprised her performance for TV in 1972. In a 2005 television revival, she switched parts and played the mean Queen Aggravain.
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Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall (1962)
Burnett picked up a second Emmy pairing with good friend Julie Andrews in a concert special that featured songs like ''Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be,'' ''History of Musical Comedy,'' and ''No Mozart tonight.''
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The Twilight Zone (1962)
Anybody who was anybody in the early '60s appeared in a Twilight Zone episode. In Burnett's, broke, sad Agnes Grep is visited by a guardian angel who plies her with gifts and a glittery social life, only for her to decide she liked her old life better.
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The Lucy Show (1966-67)
Burnett only appeared a few times on Lucille Ball's single-mom-on-her-own sitcom, but the pair became lifelong friends, with Ball sending Burnett flowers every birthday, including the day Ball died.
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Gomer Pyle USMC (1967-69)
Another friendship blossomed when Burnett guest-starred on Jim Nabers's sitcom as a tough Marine. Nabers would go on to be Burnett's first guest on every season of The Carol Burnett Show.
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The Carol Burnett Show (1967-78)
Though her list of credits is terrifically long, Burnett is a television icon for creating and starring in this, her eponymous variety show, playing characters like a daft Scarlett O'Hara, ''Nora'' Desmond, and Eunice Higgins, whom she spun off as a supporting character on Mama's Family.
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Sesame Street (1969-71)
The very first celebrity to take a walk down Sesame Street was Burnett, who would go on to make guest appearances on other children's shows, including The Electric Company and The Muppet Show.
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The Four Seasons (1981)
Burnett starred as level-headed Kate Burroughs opposite Alan Alda (who wrote and directed), Len Cariou, Rita Moreno, and Jack Weston in the serio-comic film about three middle-aged couples who vacation together, then struggle when one of the husbands dumps his wife for a younger woman.
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''What happened to that nice lady from The Muppet Show?'' kids must have asked themselves when Burnett appeared as scheming, rotten orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in the big-screen version of the hugely popular Broadway musical.
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Between Friends (1983)
Burnett teamed up with Elizabeth Taylor for the HBO TV movie based on the book Nobody Makes Me Cry as a real-estate agent looking for a man while Taylor's divorcee is looking for an even richer man.
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Mama's Family (1983-85)
Though Burnett's Eunice Higgins only made a few appearances on the Vickie Lawrence-led series, the character made an indelible impression as a whiny, nasally shrew, always imagining she's somehow drawn the short straw.
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All My Children (1983-95)
A longtime fan of the ABC soap, Burnett got the chance to play a recurring role when creator Agnes Nixon wrote her in as Verla Grubbs, the long-lost daughter of the superrich Wallingford couple.
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Not quite done with soaps, Burnett starred in this Falcon Crest spoof TV miniseries as the head of the Kensington raisin empire, opposite Dabney Coleman, Teri Garr, Charles Grodin, Bill Paxton, and Michael Richards.
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Noises Off (1992)
Burnett joined Michael Caine, Julie Hagerty, Christopher Reeve, John Ritter, and Marilu Henner for Peter Bogdanovich's movie (based on the play) about an insane theater company.
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Mad About You (1996-99)
Carol O'Connor and Burnett played the parents of Helen Hunt's Jamie, with Burnett nabbing another Emmy for her hilarious performance that went from restrained to raging in seconds.
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Horton Hears a Who (2008)
As the self-appointed head of the doubting Thomases in the animal kingdom, Burnett's Kangaroo provides the push Horton needs to find the little Whos a home.