SIX-TIME Golden Globe winner, Carol Burnett, is a legend in the comedy world.
Yet, however much she tries to lighten up the lives of others, her own was plagued by a tragedy that she can never forget – the premature death of her daughter, Carrie.
Actress, Carrie Hamilton, died in 2002Getty Images – Getty
Who was Carol Burnett’s daughter Carrie Hamilton?
Carrie Hamilton was born in New York City on December 5, 1963.
In 1990, Hamilton was featured in an episode of Carol & Company.
She and her mother co-wrote Hollywood Arms – a play based on Burnett’s 1986 memoir, One More Time.
What happened to Carrie Hamilton?
Burnett’s eldest daughter died after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
She passed away at the age of 38 on January 20, 2002, after cancer in her lungs spread to her brain.
“There’s not a day or almost a moment goes by that she’s not with me,” Burnett told PEOPLE in April 2023. “We worked together, we laughed together, we cried together. She was a force.”
And as Burnett approaches 90 years of life, she never forgets her daughter.
“When she got sick, I remember she was in the hospital and I would go to see her every day,” Burnett recalled.
“One day, a nurse at the hospital said, ‘Carrie cheers us up.’ I asked Carrie why she was always cheerful, and her reply was, ‘Everyday I wake up and decide.’ That’s the key word, decide.”
She added: “I say that to myself every morning.”
“It’s taking [it] one day at a time,” Burnett told the outlet. “You don’t know. Life can change on a dime. So just be grateful for today what you have.”
In 2014, Burnett published a memoir called Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story as a tribute to her late daughter.
Carrie Hamilton and Carol BurnettGetty Images – Getty
How many children does Burnett have?
Burnett has been married three times over the course of her life.
Her first marriage was to her college sweetheart, Don Saroyan, in 1955, however, they divorced seven years later.
In 1963, Burnett tied the knot with TV producer, Joe Hamilton, and the pair welcomed three children together: Carrie, Jody, and Erin Hamilton, before divorcing in 1984.
Jody is a producer and actress, while Erin, the youngest, is a singer.
Burnett has been married to Brian Miller since 2001.