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  • Legendary funny woman Carol Burnett — best known for her long-running TV show, "The Carol Burnett Show," which touched the funny bone of many and gave others their start in comedy — celebrates her birthday on April 26. Revisit some of the moments in her life that made us laugh out loud. </br></br>Carol Burnett poses for a portrait in Burbank, Calif., Dec. 7, 2015.
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  • Carol Burnett smiles in her senior yearbook photo from Hollywood High School in Hollywood, Calif., 1950.
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  • Carol Burnett sits on the set for an episode of "The Twilight Zone" titled "Cavender Is Coming," in Culver City, Calif., Jan. 23, 1962. </br></br>Burnett guest-starred on several TV shows in the 1950s and 1960s before getting her own variety show in 1967.
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  • Carol Burnett poses for a portrait in 1963 in Los Angeles.
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  • Carol Burnett, as Carol Bradford, and Lucille Ball, as Lucy Carmichael, dance in an episode of "The Lucy Show," July 21, 1966. </br></br>The two comediennes became great friends, with Ball playing mentor to Burnett.
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  • Carol Burnett married producer Joe Hamilton in 1963 and had three children before their divorce in 1984. The couple pictured here, circa 1967.
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  • Carol Burnett with her guest George Gobel, on "The Carol Burnett Show," circa 1967. </br></br>Burnett headlined her show for 11 seasons and helped many funny women start their showbiz careers.
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  • Carol Burnett and Carol Channing perform during the TV special "Carol Channing Proudly Presents the Seven Deadly Sins," April 14, 1969.
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  • In a scene from "The Carol Burnett Show," Carol Burnett portrays character Nora Desmond, Oct. 13, 1972. </br></br>Burnett brought several iconic characters to life on her long-running show.
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  • Carol Burnett, right, assists a contestant on the popular game show "Password."
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  • Burnett shined as Miss Hannigan, the treacherous orphanage matron who tries to foil Annie's dreams, in the film adaption of the Broadway musical "Annie." </br></br> Albert Finney, left, as Daddy Warbucks, and Carol Burnett in a scene from the movie.
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  • Vicki Lawrence, right, as Thelma Harper, shouts at Carol Burnett, as Eunice Higgins, during an episode of "Mama's Family," in Los Angeles, circa 1984. </br></br>The show came about when a sketch from "The Carol Burnett Show" called "The Family" was widely well received.
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  • American actress and comedian Carol Burnett poses with her likeness during an unveiling ceremony at the Movieland Wax Museum, Buena Park, California, March 13, 1984.
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  • Carol Burnett between her daughters Jody Hamilton, left, and Carrie Hamilton in Los Angeles, circa 1985. </br></br>Tragedy struck in 2002, when Carrie Hamilton succumbed to brain and lung cancer at age 38.
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  • Carol Burnett jokes during an interview with host Jay Leno, May 31, 1993, on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
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  • From left, Paul Reiser, Carol Burnett and Helen Hunt in an episode of the television series "Mad About You." </br></br>Burnett played the mother of Hunt's character for several episodes and won an Emmy for the role.
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  • Carol Burnett as Queen Aggravain in a TV adaptation of the musical "Once Upon a Mattress" in 2005. Burnett made her Broadway debut as Princess Winnifred in the show in 1959.
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  • Carol Burnett and her husband, Brian Miller, arrive at the 2005 TV Land Awards at Barker Hangar, March 13, 2005, in Santa Monica, California. </br></br>Burnett and Miller have been married since 2001.
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  • Carol Burnett, left, in a scene from "All My Children." </br></br>Burnett's character, Verla Grubbs, was revealed to be the daughter of Langley Wallingford and the step-daughter of Pine Valley matriarch Phoebe Wallingford.
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  • Carol Burnett is saluted at the 26th annual Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Dec. 7, 2003.
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  • Carol Burnett, as Bridget "Birdie" Sulloway, in an episode of the long-running crime drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." </br></br>Burnett played a five-time widow accused of killing her husbands.
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  • Carol Burnett promotes her book "This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection," at Barnes & Noble Union Square, April 8, 2010, in New York City.
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  • Carol Burnett showcases a plaque for Carol Burnett Square at a naming ceremony in Hollywood, Calif., April 18, 2013.
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  • Carol Burnett and Jimmy Fallon perform a skit during a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center, Oct. 6, 2014, in New York City.
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  • Carol Burnett accepts the Life Achievement Award onstage during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Jan. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles.
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  • Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett perform onstage during Lincoln Center's American Songbook Gala at Alice Tully Hall, Feb. 1, 2017, in New York City.
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