Who Is Carol Burnett? All About Her Husband And Married Life

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Who Is Carol Burnett? All About Her Husband And Married Life
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Carol Burnett is famous for her now-defunct show, The Carol Burnett Show which ran on CBS from 1967 to 1978. The show lasted for a whopping eleven seasons. Often regarded as one of the queens of comedy, Carol has had decades of TV success.

While Burnett has had grand success in her life, the Emmy winner says her marital journey with her current spouse, Brian Miller is the best thing that has happened to her. She also insists to have been extremely grateful for being the wife of her now husband. It is also her second-longest relationship. It seemingly is going strong between Carol and her husband, Brian as well.

In total, Burnett has been married three times. Carol’s marital ride began as early as when she was just 22 years old. Over the next few decades, she would walk down the aisle with two other men. She also has a handful of children from one of her previous marriages. Know further about that and more about her relationship details with Brian Miller.

Carol Burnett Married Brian Miller In 2001; When Did They Meet Each Other?

Carol had been through two marriages before she met her current partner, Brian Miller. Following her divorce from her second husband, Carol didn’t marry anyone for around 17 years. Then in November 2001, Burnett once again walked down the aisle with her new man, Brian Miller.

Singer and screenwriter Carol Burnett with her current husband Brian Miller at the Golden Globes
The Carol Burnett Show host Carol Burnett with her spouse Brian Miller. Getty

Miller and Burnett, according to Closer Weekly, met in the early 90s (precisely in 1993) but announced their relationship only after the commencement of the new century. The singer/screenwriter, Burnett, and Miller met when they were working together on the same project. The year reportedly was 1993. That year Burnett was appearing in a musical in Long Beach California.

As for Miller, he had hired some musicians for the very show as he was the contractor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the time. He additionally was the principal drummer. Carol has talked about those moments in addition to others in her book, This Time: Laughter And Reflection.

They however didn’t start dating immediately. In the beginning, the Mama’s Family alum and Miller hung out with each other a lot after rehearsals. They eventually became a couple of years later around 1998. After the aforesaid musical ended Carol and Brian didn’t meet each other for some time. Then one day they ran into each other at a mall after which they promptly began their relationship.

Do Carol Burnett And Brian Miller Have Children?

Although Miller and Burnett do not share children, they are the legal guardian of Carol’s grandson Dylan West. The mother of three, in mid-2020, sought and won Dylan’s custody after the kid’s mom (also one of Carol’s daughters, Erin) started having a drug addiction similar to her late sister, Carrie.

Burnett and Miller have been jointly taking care of West since the aftermath of his custody battle. Speaking of the issue with People in August 2020, Carol said Erin’s addiction issues among other habits were impacting her family dynamic and her son’s mental health as well.

Drummer and contractor for musicians Brian Miller with his spouse and comedian Carol Burnett
Carol with her husband and musician Brian Miller. Shutterstock

Prior to this, Brian was also a good stepfather to the comic legend’s all three daughters, Carrie, Erin, and Jody Hamilton.

Miller was also there for Carol’s support whenever she faced challenges. He also had her back when the Texan lost her eldest daughter, Carrie, to cancer at age 38 in 2002. Burnett says her daughters accepting Brian was one of the things that gave her the feeling, ‘he was the one.’

Whatever the future holds, Brian, for the time being, looks like a keeper for Burnett and he has been proving himself as one since the day he came into Carol’s life.

Carol And Her Spouse, Brian Has A Big Age Difference

Burnett’s current husband, Miller is 23 years younger than the veteran comedian. However, Carol often insists that the age difference is something that has given longevity and endurance to her and Brian’s marriage. When talking to The People Magazine in April 2010, she said her husband Brian was funny and didn’t feel threatened that easily. She also revealed their age gap narrowed as they both got older.

Carol Burnett Husband Brian Miller Is A Musician

Brian professionally is also an artist. He however is a musician, unlike his wife who is known for her acting and hosting jobs.

As mentioned, he has worked as a drummer and contractor for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Pantages Theater Orchestra for years. Miller resides with his wife, Carol in the ritzy seaside town of Montecito, almost two hours north of Los Angeles.

Carol Burnett Past Marriages

As mentioned Carol was just 22 years of age when she first tied the knot with someone. Her first husband was Don Saroyan with whom Burnett exchanged vows in 1955. The union however ended seven years later in 1962. Saroyan was Carol’s boyfriend from college; they were both students at UCLA and both had dreams of going to New York. They started experiencing rifts after each of them became busy with their acting jobs.

Carol Second Husband; Had Three Daughters With Him

After divorcing Saroyan, Carol went on to marry Joe Hamilton in 1963. Hamilton was the director and TV producer who had helmed Burnett’s Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall TV Special. He was also the producer of Carol’s eponymous show, The Carol Burnett Show. When Hamilton married the Paley Honors Awards winner, he was the father of eight and a divorcee.

Emmy winning comedian Carol Burnett with her ex-husband and producer Joe Hamilton
Carol with Joe Hamilton in the 60s

The courtship between Carol and her second spouse lasted for more than two decades with Burnett and Hamilton officially ending their marriage in 1984. During the time Burnett was with Hamilton, she became the mother to his three children all of whom are daughters. They are Carrie, Jody, and Erin.

Unfortunately, however, one of Carol’s daughters, Carrie would pass away from cancer in 2002. Hamilton and Carol’s marriage apparently started to crumble when the couple challenged one of their daughter, Carrie’s drug habits when she was young. In an interview, the beloved TV star admitted she was mostly the culprit in her and Hamilton’s separation.

Carol with her daughters, Carrie, Jody, and Erin
Carol with her and Joe’s daughters. Shutterstock

Despite being no longer together, Carol and Joe remained friends and together they also worked to raise awareness about addiction. Similar to his daughter, Hamilton, himself died of cancer of the head and neck in 1991.


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