Carol Burnett appeared on The Twilight Zone. Carol Burnett‘s career has spanned multiple decades in many different media and has won her many awards and generations of fans. Born April 26, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas, she overcame a difficult childhood to start an acting career. Eventually, after heading out to Hollywood and attending UCLA, an anonymous donor lent her money to go to New York to pursue her dreams. After starring in a short-lived sitcom called Stanley with Buddy Hackett, she eventually landed a starring role in the musical Once Upon a Mattress. Her career took off from there.
Burnett’s one and only appearance on The Twilight Zone was as Agnes Grep in the May 25, 1962 episode “Cavender is Coming”. After Agnes loses her job, an incompetent guardian angel named Harmon Cavender played by Jesse White gives her wealth and comfort. The episode’s other guest stars included Sandra Gould from Bewitched and Donna Douglas from The Beverly Hillbillies, as well as The Bob Newhart Show‘s John Fiedler, who was also the original voice of Piglet in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh cartoons.
Carol Burnett appeared on the Twilight Zone in an unusual episode. The most unusual thing about this episode is that it was a backdoor sitcom pilot, and it featured laugh track on its original broadcast. The pilot didn’t sell, and recent reruns and home video releases have removed it from the soundtrack.
Carol’s greatest fame on The Carol Burnett Show, which ran from 1967 to 1978 on CBS, was yet to come. Over the years, she has also appeared a guest star on such shows as The Lucy Show, Gomer Pyle USMC, Mama’s Family, All My Children, Mad About You, Hot and Cleveland, and even Curious George. Her film roles include Annie, The Four Seasons, Noises Off, Health, and Horton Hears a Who.
In 2019, the Golden Globes honored Carol by naming an award after her, making her the recipient of the first Carol Burnett Award for Achievement in Television. This comes in addition to the numerous awards and nominations she has already received for her comedic and dramatic performances.