Carol Burnett was part of films even while her variety show was running. Carol Burnett starred in Pete 'n' Tillie (1972). She got many roles to play as a comic character after her 11 year show had ended. She played a dramatic role in Friendly Fire. She played Beatrice in the film Life of The Party: The Story of Beatrice, a story about a woman who was battling with her alcoholism. Her newest movie is Horton Hears a Who. Other film works include The Four Seasons, Annie, Noises Off.
She continued to appear in roles on stage, and took the supporting role of Carlotta Campion in Stephen Sondheim's Follies in 1985. The 80s and 90s saw her making several attempts at a new variety program. She appeared at The Muny Theater in St. Louis, Missouri in I Do! I Do! With Rock Hudson.
Burnett has always been a fan of the soap opera All My Children. It was a dream come true when Agnes Nixon created the role of Verla Grubbs for her. Interestingly, the scenes were shot in General Hospital instead of the New York CIty set where All My Children is taped owing to scheduling conflicts.Burnett also appeared on the television program Desperate Houswives donning the role of Elenor, the cold stepmother of Bree Hodge. Carol Burnett hosted the 25th anniversary special about the show liln 1995 and was part of a small cameo as Verla Brubbs on January 5, 2005 episode marking the 35th anniversary of the program. Due to the date scheduling, the scen was shot in General Hospital instead of New York City.
Burnett is alsou touted to appear as a guest star on the 4th season of NBC's The Office. She made a guest appearance in a March episode of "Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit". She played a queer former entertainer, whose spouses have all died under mysterious circumstances, and who may be connected to a murder involving a seemingly exotic dancer.