The Austin Film Society announced today that Carol Burnett will be the newest inductee into the Texas Film Hall of Fame at the Texas Film Awards.

The Texas Film Hall of Fame honors the contributions of Texas actors, actresses, filmmakers, entertainers, and films.  Past inductees include Tommy Lee Jones, Quentin Tarantino, Bill Paxton, Renee Zellweger, and the films 'Easy Rider' and 'The Last Picture Show'.  In its 16th year, the Austin Film Society has chosen to honor Burnett, a San Antonio native, whom the society has called, "The queen of comedy".  According to the society's artistic director Richard Linklater,

Her brilliance on screen and stage made her an icon, but modern American comedy as we know it was born of Carol Burnett’s influence.  Comedy and variety shows were a man’s world before Carol broke through and  changed the industry.

Apart from her induction into the Texas Film Hall of Fame, Burnett's other honors include multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards, a Peabody award, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor, and the Screen Actor's Guild life achievement award.

Burnett's induction will take place March 10th during the Texas Film Awards in Austin.

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