Carol Burnett is no stranger to substance abuse. Sadly, the star whose career spans seven decades of television has a family history of substance abuse. Both of her parents were alcoholics, and at a young age, she was left with her grandmother. In an interview with NPR in 2013, Burnett got candid about her upbringing, saying: "We were poor, and both my parents died, eventually, of alcoholism, but I was kind of in the same boat with a lot of the kids in the neighborhood. Everybody was poor, and a lot of their folks had drinking problems. But we found a way to survive and to play and to laugh and thrive in a funny way."
Burnett went on to have three daughters with television producer Joe Hamilton. Carrie Hamilton was the eldest, then Jody Hamilton, and then the youngest, Erin Hamilton.
Carrie Hamilton was just 38-years-old when she died from complications of lung cancer, which later spread to her brain. When she was younger, Carrie plunged into a drug-overdose crisis so severe that it nearly cost the then-teenager her life. She had started smoking in her early teens and later found sobriety by 15. Following a short relapse at 17, Hamilton remained sober for the rest of her life. Burnett chose to take their story public as a cautionary tale of Hollywood privilege gone horribly awry.
Now in 2020, it seems as though substance abuse has once again reared its head in the life of Carol Burnett. According to court documents obtained by The Blast , Carol and her husband Brian Miller have filed a petition for the appointment of a temporary guardian of their 13-year-old grandson. Dylan is the son of Carol’s daughter, Erin Hamilton. Erin is a singer, best known for her hit song “Dream Weaver,” a 1998 cover of Gary Wright’s 1975 hit of the same name.
In a statement, Burnett said that Hamilton has been struggling with "addiction issues and other circumstances" that have impacted "her immediate family dynamic."
"Guardianship will be for oversight purposes concerning his health, education, and welfare and not intended to deny him nor the parents proper visitation with one another," she added. "We look forward to recovery being the next stepping stone towards normalization and ask for privacy at this time to allow that process to occur."
It appears as though Erin had recently threatened to take her own life, leading the family to call the LAPD to complete a wellness check on her. The document states, “the LAPD placed Erin on a 51/50 hold for suicidality and drug use. Petitioners and Proposed Co-Guardians, Carol Burnett (“Carol”) and Brian Miller (“Brian,” collectively “Proposed Co-Guardians”), are informed and believe that Erin was taken to Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and then subsequently transferred to Chino Hills Hospital for further treatment. She was released on July 24, 2020.” Dylan’s father, Kurt West, has checked himself into rehab and is unable to care for him at this time.
Carol is asking the court to grant her temporary guardianship to allow her to handle her grandson’s affairs.