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Carol Burnett to get Harvey Award

by on August 12, 2014 11:00 AM

Earlobe-tugging television legend Carol Burnett has been named this year’s winner of the Harvey Award to be presented by the James M. Stewart Museum Foundation.

Burnett, an actress, comedian, singer and writer best known as the star of “The Carol Burnett Show” from 1967 to 1978, will accept the museum’s award at a dinner and ceremony Friday, Oct. 3, at the Chestnut Ridge resort near Blairsville in Burrell Township.

Museum Foundation President Jeffrey Tobin announced Burnett’s appearance today.

“What a statement Carol Burnett has made, to offer her time and talents in support of our museum fundraiser,” Tobin said in a news release. “This gift is a testament to the life of Jimmy Stewart and to the value of continuing his legacy here in Indiana. In spite of her hectic schedule, she chose to join us during our fundraiser to recognize his life and legacy.”

Burnett has won five Emmy awards, including three for her television show as outstanding music-variety series, and five Golden Globes as best TV actress for her variety series.

Burnett’s accolades also include the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, a Peabody Award, and Peoples Choice awards. Burnett was inducted in 1985 to the Television Hall of Fame.

Although they shared no major motion picture credits, Burnett and Stewart “were great friends and great mutual admirers of each other,” said Museum Executive Director Timothy Harley. “They made guest appearances on each other’s shows. And when she was doing the talk show circuit to promote her book, she talked extensively about Stewart and their friendship.”

Carson Greene, vice president of the Museum Foundation, said the Stewart organization for several years had approached Burnett to accept the Harvey honors, but that her schedule kept her from receiving the award.

“This gives our community a chance to connect with someone,” Greene said. “When these folks come here, they don’t know us … but once they come to Indiana and meet the people I think they are really impressed. We hope to make a friend for life with her, as we have with other entertainers we’ve had here.”

The Jimmy Stewart museum foundation presents the Harvey Award to honor show business figures and other celebrities who represent the integrity, creativity and values of Stewart. Past Harvey winners include Ernest Borgnine, June Allyson, Shirley Jones, Robert Wagner, James Best, Patrick Wayne and Kathryn Crosby.

Museum organizers said impressionist Rich Little, a longtime supporter of the museum and a Harvey award winner, and Stewart’s daughters, Judy Stewart and Kelly Harcourt, also would attend the Harvey Award presentation.

Tickets for the event are $153 per person and reservations will be accepted through Sept. 22. The program Oct. 3 will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at the ballroom of the Chestnut Ridge Resort.

Information is available by phoning (724) 349-6112 or visiting

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