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Carol Burnett recognized by Hollywood High School

FILE - In this June 4, 2012 publicity image provided by Geffen Playhouse, Carol Burnett arrives at the "Backstage At The Geffen" Fundraiser at the Geffen Playhouse, in Los Angeles. On Jan. 10, 2013, Burnett will be honored with the "Carol Burnett Honor of Distinction Award," presented by The Hollywood High School Performing Arts Center at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Geffen Playhouse, John Shearer, File)FILE - In this June 4, 2012 publicity image provided by Geffen Playhouse, Carol Burnett arrives at the "Backstage At The Geffen" Fundraiser at the Geffen Playhouse, in Los Angeles. On Jan. 10, 2013, Burnett will be honored with the "Carol Burnett Honor of Distinction Award," presented by The Hollywood High School Performing Arts Center at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Geffen Playhouse, John Shearer, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carol Burnett is being honored by her alma mater.

Hollywood High School's Performing Arts Center announced Tuesday that it is naming an annual award after Burnett and that the 79-year-old entertainer will be its first recipient.

She will receive the Carol Burnett Honor of Distinction Award on Jan. 10 at the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, just around the corner from the high school she graduated from in 1951.

Other famous alumni of the Sunset Boulevard campus include Judy Garland, Rudolph Valentino, Cher, Laurence Fishburne, John Ritter and Mickey Rooney.