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Carrie Louise Hamilton (December 5, 1963 – January 20, 2002) was an American actress, singer, and playwright. She was the daughter of comedian Carol Burnett and producer Joe Hamilton.[1]

Carrie Hamilton
Carrie Louise Hamilton

(1963-12-05)December 5, 1963
DiedJanuary 20, 2002(2002-01-20) (aged 38)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Burial placeWestwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Alma materPepperdine University
OccupationActress, singer, playwright
Mark Templin
(m. 1994; div. 1998)
Parent(s)Joe Hamilton
Carol Burnett
RelativesErin Hamilton (sister)


Hamilton worked in a number of productions for stage, film, video, and television. She took the role of Reggie Higgins in the TV version of the musical Fame for the fifth and sixth seasons (1985–1987), and portrayed the role of Maureen Johnson in the first national tour of the stage musical Rent to considerable acclaim.[2] She also studied music and acting at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

One of her films was Tokyo Pop (1988), in which she played an American singer who journeys to Japan. There she found a relationship with both a singer (played by Diamond Yukai aka Yutaka Tadokoro) and a band that made it into the Tokyo pop charts Top Ten. She performed several songs in the film.

In 1992, Hamilton took a minor role in the movie Cool World, which starred Gabriel Byrne, Kim Basinger and Brad Pitt.

Hamilton married musician Mark Templin in 1994 on the same soundstage where The Carol Burnett Show was filmed. The couple divorced in 1998.[3]

Hamilton occasionally appeared on television with her mother. In 1987, Burnett guest-starred in an episode of Fame entitled "Reggie and Rose". The pair co-starred in a 1988 TV movie titled Hostage. They appeared on five episodes of Family Feud in 1995, competing with Hamilton's husband Mark Templin and mother-in-law Dalia Ward against a team led by Betty White.[4] in 1997, they starred on an episode of Touched by an Angel entitled "The Comeback". Hamilton played an aspiring Broadway star whose mother (Burnett) had also made a run for Broadway fame but failed (thanks to a dirty trick on the part of her conniving best friend, played by Rita Moreno).

In 1999, Hamilton starred in a popular sixth-season episode of The X-Files, entitled "Monday". She played the role of Pam, the girlfriend of a would-be bank robber who is forced to relive the same day over and over.

Hamilton was the inspiration for the 1983 hit single "Carrie's Gone" (#79, Billboard), written by former boyfriend Fergie Frederiksen and recorded by his band, Le Roux, after they broke up. The 12-year age difference (Carrie was 19 and Fergie was 31 at the time) was cited as the main reason for the break-up.[citation needed]

Hamilton worked with her mother to adapt Burnett's memoir, One More Time, for the stage play Hollywood Arms, but did not live long enough to see it produced.[5]


Hamilton died from pneumonia as a complication of lung cancer that spread to her brain[6] in Los Angeles on January 20, 2002 at age 38, and is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. She started smoking cigarettes in her early teens, and also had a three-year period of heavy drug and alcohol abuse that she successfully overcame by the time she was 15. Except for a brief relapse at 17, she remained drug and alcohol free for the remainder of her life.[7]

Hamilton was survived by her mother, 2 sisters Jody and Erin, 5 half sisters, Kathi, Dana, Judi, Jennifer, and Nancy; and half brother, John Hamilton. Her father, Joe Hamilton, died in 1991, her half brother Joe, died in 1994 and her half brother, Jeffrey, died in 1997.


In July 2006, the former Balcony Theatre of the Pasadena Playhouse was rededicated as the Carrie Hamilton Theatre in Hamilton's memory (Burnett is a board member). It hosts a series of readings called "Hothouse at the Playhouse", as well as the Directors Lab West and the Furious Theatre Company. On February 19, 2007, architect Frank Gehry was announced to be redesigning the Carrie Hamilton Theatre.[8]

Anaheim University Carrie Hamilton Entertainment InstituteEdit

On March 23, 2010, Carol Burnett joined the establishment of the Anaheim University Carrie Hamilton Entertainment Institute. She signed a citation establishing the institute with Anaheim University Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. David Nunan, prior to answering questions regarding Hamilton and the Carrie Hamilton Entertainment Institute during a Q&A session with moderator Darrell Nelson. She concluded the Q&A by reading the following quote from Hamilton:

ABOUT ART...The legacy is really the lives we touch, the inspiration we give, altering someone's plan -- if even for a moment, and getting them to think, rage, cry, laugh, argue...walk around the block, dazed...(I do that a lot after seeing powerful theater!) More than anything, we are remembered for our smiles; the ones we share with our closest and dearest, and the ones we bestow on a total stranger, who needed it then, and God put you there to deliver.



  • Where Does The Night Begin (on Fame)
  • Always You (on Fame)
  • Who Put the Bomp (on Fame)
  • The Shoop Shoop Song (on Fame)
  • Some Day, Some Way (on Fame)
  • We Are the Ones (on Fame)
  • Catch Me I'm Falling Fast (on Fame)
  • Look and Learn (on Fame)
  • It's Love I'm After, After All (on Fame)
  • East Of Eden (on Fame)
  • Only Love Will Hold Fast (on Fame)
  • We Have The Right (on Fame)
  • Think (on Fame)
  • See Your Face Again (on Fame)
  • He Looks Like Romeo (on Fame)
  • A Couple of Swells (on Fame)
  • (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman (on Tokyopop)
  • Do You Believe In Magic? (on Tokyopop)
  • Never Forget (on Tokyopop)
  • Home On The Range (on Tokyopop)
  • Diff'rent God (music video)
  • I Am A Boy (music video)


  1. ^ "Carrie Hamilton, 38, Actress and Writer". The New York Times. January 22, 2002.
  2. ^ Taylor, Markland (1996-12-01). "Rent". Variety. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  3. ^ Smolowe, Jill (February 4, 2002). "Another Heartbreak". People. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Stein, Ruthe (February 19, 1995). "CAROL BURNETT HOSTS AIDS BENEFIT IN SAN FRANCISCO". SFGate. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Nolasco, Stephanie (May 2, 2018). "Carol Burnett gets candid about her daughter's death: 'I didn't want to get out of bed for a while'". Fox News. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Smolowe, Jill (February 4, 2002). "Another Heartbreak". People. Vol. 57 no. 4. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  7. ^ Smolowe, Jill (February 4, 2002). "Another Heartbreak". People. Vol. 57 no. 4. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "CARRIE HAMILTON THEATRE". Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2008-02-05.

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