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Vicki Lawrence        

Actress, Comedian & Women's Activist; Best Known for her Characters on "The Carol Burnett Show"

Vicki Lawrence is an actress, comedian, singer and dancer. Her career included shows with such popular actors as Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman and Tim Conway.

Vicki’s interest in singing and dancing began at an early age. During high school, she was a cheerleader and voted ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ by her class. From 1965 to 1967, Lawrence sang with the Young Americans musical group and appeared in The Young Americans, a film that won an Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Vicki Lawrence started her career as an actress and comedian by sending Carol Burnett a newspaper clipping showing their uncanny resemblance to each other and if she could give some advice for a contest she was in called "Miss Fireball Contest" in California. Burnett found her phone number and called her. Burnett attended the event hoping to find an entertainer who could play her kid sister on her variety show. Sure enough, Lawrence was chosen as the kid sister and was mentor by Burnett, her career taking off from there.

In the fall of 1967, she made her debut on the first episode of The Carol Burnett Show. She spent 11 years with the show, earning one Emmy Award and five more nominations. In 1967, she enrolled in UCLA to study theater arts. To enhance her singing career, she went to Vietnam to perform for U.S. troops with Johnny Grant.

Her music career peaked in 1973, when she was awarded a gold record for her internationally known hit "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia." In 1974, Lawrence married CBS makeup artist Al Schultz, with whom she has two children. When The Carol Burnett Show ended, Vicki Lawrence starred in her own comedy show, Mama's Family, which also featured Dorothy Lyman, Ken Berry, Beverly Archer, and Betty White. Carol Burnett also frequently appeared on the show. After ending her sitcom, Lawrence delved into hosting television shows.

She became the first successful female game show host when she hosted Win, Lose or Draw. She also hosted her own talk show, titled Vicki!, which ran from 1992-1994. Vicki Lawrence's credits cannot be limited to television alone. Her stage credits include Carousel, Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, No, No, Nanette and My Fat Friend. In the '90s, she performed in I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road.

She currently stars in The Cool Kids, a sitcom centered on a group of friends at a retirement home.

Her autobiography, Vicki! The True Life Adventures of Miss Fireball, recounts her musical, stage, and television career. She spends most of her time doing motivational speeches for women's groups and charities.

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.

Vicki Lawrence on How Carol Burnett Saved Her Job | Hollywood ...

With the HFPA bestowing Carol Burnett its TV career award, named for her, Vicki Lawrence shares memories of their decades-long collaboration and friendship.

Vicki Lawrence weighs in on a The Cool Kids vs The Golden Girls ...

After more than 20 years, The Carol Burnett Show's Vicki Lawrence, 69, is starring on a television series. The Cool Kids, which follows a group of four unlikely ...

My worst moment: Vicki Lawrence on why you shouldn't put on ...

Vicki Lawrence made her name on "The Carol Burnett Show" and later as the titular mama on "Mama's Family." She now stars on the Fox sitcom 'The Cool Kids ' ...

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