Actress/comedienne Carol Burnett has been honoured with the Harvey Award by organisers at a Pennsylvania museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart.

The Carol Burnett Show star was feted with the accolade at a fundraiser for the James M. Stewart Museum Foundation on Friday (04Oct14).

Talking about her affection for Stewart before meeting the late movie legend, Burnett told the Associated Press, "I saw this long, tall drink of water up there in black and white, and I said, 'He's my friend. I know him'."

Past recipients of the accolade include Janet Leigh, Shirley Jones and Ernest Borgnine.