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Vicki Lawrence            

Actress, Comedian & Women's Activist

The multitalented Vicki Lawrence has been a star since the day she was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by her graduating class at Morningside High School in Inglewood, California. From 1965-1967, Lawrence sang with the Young American's musical group and also appeared in the feature film The Young Americans, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Her show-biz career took off when, during her senior year in high school, she sent Carol Burnett a letter including a local newspaper article mentioning their resemblance. Lawrence invited Burnett to the local fire department's "Miss Fireball Contest" where she was performing. Burnett, looking for an actress to play her kid sister on her new variety series, contacted Lawrence and made arrangements to come to the event. The rest is television history. The Carol Burnett Show premiered in 1967 and ran for 11 years, during which time Lawrence earned one Emmy Award and five Emmy nominations. After the show ended, Lawrence went on to star in her own series, Mama's Family, with Ken Berry, Dorothy Lyman, Beverly Archer, and Allan Kayser and most recently was seen playing Miley Cyrus' grandma on Hannah Montana.

Lawrence gained national recognition not only as an actress, but also as a game and talk show host, recording artist, theatre performer, and writer. She became the first woman to host a game show with the daytime network version of Win, Lose, or Draw. In 1992, her daytime talk show Vicki! was one of the most successful daytime talk shows to debut. She received critical acclaim as the only talk show host since Oprah Winfrey to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy in her freshman year. In the fall of 1997, she briefly returned to daytime talk as the host of Fox after Breakfast from New York City.

An avid women's rights activist, Vicki Lawrence travels across the country speaking to organizations about her life and career, women's health, and being a woman in a man's world. She approaches everything with her characteristic sense of humor, reminding us all that "life is much too serious to be taken seriously!"

Speech Topics


Being a Woman in a Man's World

Lawrence travels all over the country speaking to womens organizations about her life and career, and the challenges and obstacles faced as a woman in what is seemingly still a mans world. Shes brings to the stage her characteristic humor and wit, reminding us all that "Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!"

Life Is Much Too Serious to Be Taken Seriously

In this talkequal parts funny and poignantVicki Lawrence shares with audiences the story of her life: a story of fun and comedy that includes how she met Carol Burnett and how she "became a natural redhead." Lawrence also talks about being a working mom (its challenges and rewards) as well as a more difficult time in her life: when her talk show was cancelled and she battled with depression. With the belief that laughter is the best medicine, Vicki Lawrence wraps up her speech by sharing with audiences her personal mantra: "Life is much too serious to be taken seriously."

Women's Health

News


Vicki Lawrence brings 'Mama's Family' to DVD - CNN.com

TV has been home to some memorable sitcom moms, but no one ruled the roost quite like Thelma Harper, the sharp-tongued matriarch of "Mama's Family."

Vicki Lawrence Revisits 'Mama' With New DVD Collection ...

Vicki Lawrence is one of the leading ladies of comedy, and now a new audience has the opportunity to discover her most beloved character, as she's teamed ...

Vicki Lawrence bringing 'Mama' to Renaissance

She was a regular on a 25-time prime-time Emmy Award-winning show and was a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singer. But Vicki Lawrence said she didn’t pick show biz as a career.

Vicki Lawrence On 'Carol Burnett's Favorite Sketches' And Working ...

She's still glad she had that “time together.” I'm talking about Carol Burnett, of course. The comedy legend crooned those words at the end of each episode of ...

Vicki Lawrence brings 'two-woman show' to Arcada - Aurora Beacon ...

Vicki Lawrence will bring "Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show" to St. Charles when she performs at 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Arcada Theatre.

Vicki Lawrence to appear in Waukegan - Lake County News-Sun

Vicki Lawrence will appear as herself and Mama from "Mama's Family" and "The Carol Burnett Show" March 18 at Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

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