Vicki Lawrence
Actress, comedian, singer, television personality
Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence is an American actress, comedienne, and Billboard Hot 100 #1 singer, who was frequently a game show panelist in the 1970s and 1980s.
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Carol Burnett: In Such Good Company. A Review Without Having Read The Book.
Huffington Post - 5 months
Growing up in the seventies wasn’t all bad. Aside from the fact most of us now need the flashlight on our phones to read the ingredients in an energy bar, and we have no idea how to use Instagram, we can be comforted by one totally awesome perk: we got to watch The Carol Burnett Show as it happened. If you’re young enough to never have used the light on your phone as a reading aid, then I definitely pity you, as all you probably know of Carol Burnett comes from those late night thirty minute infomercials highlighting the dozens upon dozens of classic moments of her now legendary variety show.  For eleven hilarious seasons, from 1967-1978, Ms. Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman and Lyle Waggoner gave us some of the most side-splitting and over-the-top funny sketch comedy television has ever seen.  However, the brilliance and once-in-a-lifetime chemistry of the actors aside, what made this show so truly special, IMO, was the selflessness of each performer and h ...
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A Life Full of Laughter: Betty White
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In one of the most poignant scenes of the "Golden Girls", Betty White's character, Rose Nylund's celebrating a birthday. She bakes a cake and lights the candles, leaves her kitchen and then comes back in, surprised at the cake. In breaking the 4th wall, begins to tell Charlie how lonely she's been since he's been gone and that she thinks it's time for a change so she's going to move from St.Olaf to Miami. You can feel the sadness from this normally upbeat character and know that you are witnessing one of the greatest TV actresses of the 20th century. On January 17th, 2014, Betty White turned 92 and become one of the oldest working actresses still in television and continues to work on the show "Hot in Cleveland" which is one of the highest rated shows on cable TV. She is continuing a career that has lasted more than 75 years but Betty is known more than just her work in television; she is also known for her dedication to animals and zoos, especially the Los Angeles Zoo. Betty White ...
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Vicki Lawrence and 'Mama's Family'
CNN - over 3 years
TV has been home to some memorable sitcom moms. But no one ruled the roost quite like Thelma Harper, the sharp-tongued, sensitivity-challenged matriarch of "Mama's Family."
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Vicki Lawrence brings 'Mama's Family' to DVD
CNN - over 3 years
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'Mama's Family' returns for more biting, home-spun humor on DVD
LATimes - over 3 years
'She's a character who has grown with the times,' says Vicki Lawrence of her title role in 'Mama's Family,' now available as a complete series on DVD. Like a Southern-fried Larry David in rolled-to-the-knee support hose, Thelma Mae Crowley Harper could curb anyone's enthusiasm. For six seasons on "Mama's Family" beginning in 1983 — and years before that on "The Carol Burnett Show" — the motor-mouthed matriarch, played by Vicki Lawrence, rarely had a kind word to say to anyone. But who could blame her?
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Twerkgate: Miley's 'grandmother' Vicki Lawrence weighs in
CNN - over 3 years
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Bill Clinton To Wish Betty White A Happy Birthday On NBC
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Betty White is getting another birthday special on NBC, this time with new celebrity special guests. Some of the stars who will help the "Golden Girls" alumna celebrate her 91st birthday include Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Blake Shelton, Sean Hayes, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman and Rico Rodriguez. The special airs Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. Katie Couric, Zachary Levi, Larry King, Kate Flannery and White's "Hot In Cleveland" co-stars Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli will also appear. Vicki Lawrence will reprise her role from "Mama's Family" and Shelton will sing special musical number for White on "Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special." White, who turns 91 on January 17, penned a blog for The Huffington Post about her birthday wish. Tune in for "Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special" on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.
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ArtsBeat: Stars of 'The Carol Burnett Show' Reuniting on SiriusXM
NYTimes - over 4 years
Carol Burnett and her co-stars Vicki Lawrence and Tim Conway will take part in a town hall event for SiriusXM radio hosted by Amy Schumer.
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Hot celebrity memoirs
She Knows - almost 5 years
Celebrities -- they are just like us, or are they? These five noteworthy celebrity memoirs relate the stories of getting ahead in spite of adversities, of unusual paths to the "happily ever after" and of the family bonds that persevere -- famous or not. Most Talkative by Andy Cohen Are you a fan of Real Housewives and the show’s hilarious host, Andy Cohen? Then his memoir, Most Talkative, will be a new guilty pleasure while you wait for the next episode. His exuberant interviews on Bravo are the perfect showcase of Cohen’s obsession with everything television and pop-culture — his interest since a young age. As a boy, Cohen often sent his mother letters from summer camp reminding her to tape the soap operas. That interest eventually earned him a spot on Bravo as a reporter covering Charlie’s Angels and All My Children. Today Cohen is in charge of Bravo’s burgeoning reality-TV empire. His newest venture into the world of books is as funny and full -of-heart as Cohen himself. Most ...
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Q & A: Lawrence to be herself, but Mama’s sure to show up
Daily Gazette - almost 5 years
Vicki Lawrence is looking at life from both sides now — and so will people who catch her shows on May 8 at Proctors in Schenectady. “Vicki Lawrence and Mama” will bring two characters to the Mainstage for performances at 2 and 8 p.m.
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Vicki Lawrence delights expo crowd with her 'Two-Woman Show' - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
Vicki Lawrence plays 'Mama' during her performance at Life Boomers and Seniors Expo in Chattanooga on Saturday. Her performance included comedy and song routines as herself and as 'Mama' from 'The Carol Burnett Show' and 'Mama's
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Lawrence brings Mama to Life expo Saturday - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
Chattanoogans have the rare opportunity to see a television legend bring to life her most beloved characterization Saturday when comedian Vicki Lawrence headlines the Life expo. The comedian, who gained fame and five Emmy nominations
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Pierce: Take advantage of free screenings at Life expo - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
And I'd say that even without the inducement of watching comedian Vicki Lawrence in her two-woman stage show at 1 pm I went to the Life expo last year out of curiosity, and it surprised me how interesting it turned out to be
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PINT 5K - Memphis Commercial Appeal
Google News - over 5 years
In her honor, Vann and Cheryl Moore, Steve and Vicki Lawrence and her husband, Jody Akins, started the Scarlett Lawrence Akins Foundation. The foundation's state purpose is "helping find a cure for melanoma, education and support those suffering from
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Raise a glass to Brew Fest - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
Don't forget also that the Boomers & Seniors Expo is Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm Vicki Lawrence will be doing a 90-minute show as both herself and her "Mama" character she originated on "The Carol Burnett Show." Contact Barry Courter at
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Around Town: Inde photographer's work to be featured in Studio M Exhibit - Massillon Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Among the performers pictured in the exhibition are Tyler Connolly, Conya Doss, John Popper, Todd Rundgren, Mickey Thomas and Vicki Lawrence. • During the Dettman Studio M show, museum guests also may view the Faces of Rural America exhibition and The
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Vicki Lawrence
  • 2015
    Age 65
    She appeared on The Doctors in 2015 to relay her story and talk about CIU and promote the CIU & You campaign.
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    Lawrence and her family appeared on Celebrity Family Feud in July 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Lawrence was diagnosed with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) around 2011. She teamed with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and has become the spokesperson for the campaign CIU & You.
    Also playing for charity, in 2015, Vicki, her husband Al Schultz, and their family appeared on a special celebrity, prime-time edition of Family Feud hosted by Steve Harvey.
    More Details Hide Details As a singer, Lawrence got her start as one of the scores of hopefuls on the syndicated Johnny Mann's Stand Up And Cheer program. However, she is most known for her #1 hit, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia", a song written by her first husband Bobby Russell, which was released on Bell Records in November 1972. It sold over two million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in April 1973. During the last episode of the sixth season of The Carol Burnett Show (March 24, 1973), Lawrence received her gold record by surprise from Carol Burnett. Her first LP, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, was issued soon after the single went gold in April 1973.
  • 2014
    Age 64
    Lawrence's first two LPs were released as a single CD with bonus tracks on April 1, 2014, by Real Gone Music.
    More Details Hide Details She released a disco album entitled Newborn Woman late in 1979. The album produced the minor disco hit "Don't Stop the Music". As an emcee, she hosted the daytime NBC version of the game show Win, Lose or Draw as well as an unsold pilot for Mark Goodson Productions, Body Talk, and has also appeared often as a popular panelist on such game shows as Match Game, Password, Password Plus, Super Password, and various incarnations of the Pyramid game show as well as Hollywood Squares, where she appeared both as herself and in character as Thelma "Mama" Harper. Lawrence was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Talk Show in 1993 for the eponymous Vicki! (1992-1994), but the show was canceled after two seasons. She tours the country with her "two-woman" show with the first half as herself and the second half done as Thelma "Mama" Harper. She can also be currently seen on TV in an infomercial for the "Big Boss Grill". She is also known for her voice-over work as "Flo" on the animation series Hermie and Friends.
  • 2013
    Age 63
    On February 5, 2013, Lawrence appeared as the character in a special sketch for "Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday."
    More Details Hide Details In addition, Lawrence regularly hosts a non-televised stage show titled Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show. Lawrence was born Victoria Ann Axelrad in Inglewood, California, United States, the daughter of Anne Alene (née Loyd) and Howard Axelrad, a certified public accountant for Max Factor. The family surname was legally changed to "Lawrence" when Vicki was young. She is a graduate of Morningside High School in Inglewood, class of 1967. Lawrence had originally planned on being a dental hygienist. She attended UCLA while on The Carol Burnett Show, and even changed her major to theater arts, but dropped out after two years. In high school, Lawrence auditioned for and got into the musical group The Young Americans. She stayed with the group almost until the end of high school. By being with the group, she gained experience from touring, performing at the Oscars, coming in contact with noteworthy performers such as Johnny Mathis and Louis Armstrong, and performing on the Andy Williams Show.
  • 1998
    Age 48
    Lawrence played 'Sister Mary Paul aka Sister Amnesia' in the TV special based on Nunsense Jamboree that originally aired on TNN in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Lawrence played "Mamaw Stewart" (the mother of Robby Ray Stewart and grandmother of Jackson and Miley Stewart) in the hit Disney series Hannah Montana alongside Billy Ray Cyrus and his daughter Miley Cyrus. Lawrence recently played as "Mama" in an Ohio commercial, promoting a constitutional amendment that would permit casino gambling in Ohio. Lawrence played Dan's old high school flame, Phyllis, in an episode of Roseanne. She also appeared in a special celebrity-edition episode of the Anne Robinson version of The Weakest Link. Playing for a charity, she made it to the final two but ended up losing to Ed Begley, Jr..
  • 1993
    Age 43
    Lawrence has also appeared with Burnett, Harvey Korman, and Tim Conway in the Burnett show retrospectives that were broadcast in 1993, 2001 and 2004.
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  • 1985
    Age 35
    In between the NBC and syndication runs of Mama's Family, Lawrence starred in the 1985 comedy pilot Anything for Love, which aired as a special on CBS that summer and co-starred Lauren Tewes and Rebeca Arthur.
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  • 1983
    Age 33
    Her portrayal of the "Mama" character on The Carol Burnett Show's The Family sketches was so popular that NBC subsequently created the sitcom Mama's Family, elaborating on the Mama character. (Burnett reprised the Eunice Higgins character for the sitcom from time to time.) The series ran from 1983 to 1985 on NBC; after its cancellation from NBC, it was renewed from 1986 to 1990 in first-run syndication.
    More Details Hide Details The show was more successful in the renewed version. She also reprised the "Mama" character on stage for Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show. Lawrence has made appearances on other programs, such as the sitcoms Laverne & Shirley (as the girls' drill sergeant, Alvinia T. Plout), Major Dad, Roseanne, Hannah Montana and Yes, Dear.
  • 1978
    Age 28
    She was the only cast member, except for Burnett herself, who stayed on the show for the entire eleven seasons. After The Carol Burnett Show ended in 1978, Lawrence and her husband Al Schultz moved with their children to Maui, Hawaii, but after a couple of years, returned to Los Angeles where they have remained.
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  • 1976
    Age 26
    Lawrence has multiple Emmy Award nominations, winning one in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details She is also a multiple Golden Globe nominee, all for The Carol Burnett Show. Lawrence has made numerous post-Mama's Family guest TV show appearances in her famed Thelma Harper/Mama role.
  • 1973
    Age 23
    In 1973, she became a one-hit wonder on the U.S. chart with "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia".
    More Details Hide Details It reached #1 on both the United States and Canada top charts.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    Lawrence was married to singer and songwriter Bobby Russell from 1972 to 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Lawrence's second husband is Hollywood make-up artist, Al Schultz, to whom she has been married since November 16, 1974, and with whom she has two children, Courtney Allison Schultz (born May 5, 1975) and Garrett Lawrence Schultz (born July 3, 1977).
  • 1967
    Age 17
    She is known for the many characters she originated on CBS's The Carol Burnett Show, where she appeared from 1967 to 1978, for the entire series run.
    More Details Hide Details One such character, "The Family" matriarch Thelma Harper/Mama, would later be the central character of the television situation comedy series Mama's Family on NBC and, later, in first-run syndication.
  • 1949
    Born on March 26, 1949.
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