Tim Conway, who once made viewers and castmates on "The Carol Burnett Show" weep with laughter over his deadpan comic delivery, has died at the age of 85, his publicist Howard Bragman confirms. Conway's celebrated comedy career included acclaimed performances on such programs as Burnett's variety show and "McHale's Navy. We knew he would have to leave us someday but that day came too soon. Conway had declined into dementia in the last months of his life, leading to a legal struggle last year between Kelly Conway and his wife, Charlene Conway, over guardianship and which one would decide his medical care and nursing facility. That battle was settled in March when Charlene Conway was granted conservatorship over her ailing husband. Kelly Conway had gone to court to prevent Charlene Conway from transferring him from an "excellent skilled nursing facility" to one she worried provided fewer services.
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Tim Conway dies; ‘Carol Burnett Show’ star and comedian’s comedian was 85
In the '50s kids' show, Paul Winchell was the ventriloquist and Jerry Mahoney was his dummy. Burnett got her first TV introduction playing the girlfriend — to the dummy. She was such a standout that she won the first of her six Emmy awards for her work. She would be nominated 21 times. Burnett earned a Tony nomination playing Princess Winifred the Woebegone in the musical based on The Princess and the Pea , then later reprised her performance for TV in
The legendary comedian and actress continues to make history as she becomes the inaugural recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's new lifetime achievement award for television during the Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. Not only that, but the award will henceforth be known as the Carol Burnett Award in recognition of her groundbreaking career. Burnett took EW for a walk down memory lane, revisiting some of her most iconic roles from her six decades in Hollywood that make up the phenomenal body of work that has led to an award being given and named in her honor. Click through for more.