PEOPLE.COM January 2016

Carol Burnett, SAG Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Talks Career, Costumes and Her Gown Designed by Longtime Friend Bob Mackie

At this Saturday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award won't be just a movie star: She's a performer who's brought her presence to TV, to movies and to the stage. It's Carol Burnett, who is perhaps most famous for starring on 11 seasons (and nearly 300 episodes) of The Carol Burnett Show. 

Speaking to PEOPLE this week, Burnett said she was thrilled to receive the honor. "To borrow a word that my friend Julie Andrewstaught me, I was gobsmacked," Burnett said of her reaction to learning the news. "I have never used that word before, but it's the perfect one for how I felt. I was just totally thrown."