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Vicki Lawrence          

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

Multi-talented Vicki Lawrence, is an actress, comedian, and singer 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. One such character, Thelma Harper/Mama, was the central character of ever popular television situation comedy series "Mama's Family." The show still can be seen daily in syndication throughout most of the country and is available as a Time-Life DVD collection.

Lawrence spends much of her time on the road with her stage production "Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show." She also enjoys speaking to women’s organizations and other great causes, where she shares her life story of fame, activism, and her continuing success. All the while she approaches everything with her characteristic sense of humor, reminding us all that “Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!”

Lawrence has multiple Emmy Award nominations, winning one in 1976. She is a multiple Golden Globe nominee, all for "The Carol Burnett Show." In 1973, Lawrence recorded the hit song "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia." It reached Number One on both the United States and Canada top charts.

In the past, Lawrence hosted a popular game show, "Win, Lose or Draw," her own daytime talk show, "Vicki!," and appeared in many theatre productions. She was the only talk show host since Oprah to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy in her freshman year.
Through the years Lawrence has made appearances on other television programs, such as "Laverne & Shirley," "Major Dad," "Roseanne," "Hannah Montana," and "Yes, Dear." Lawrence has also appeared with Burnett, Korman, and Tim Conway in the Burnett show retrospectives. Lawrence most recently co-starred in the popular FOX-TV 2018 comedy series "The Cool Kids." Lawrence’s co-stars in "The Cool Kids" were David Alan Grier, Martin Mull and Leslie Jordan.

On stage Lawrence has appeared in numerous productions, including Carousel, Send Me No Flowers, No, No, Nanette, Chapter Two, Hello Dolly, I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It ON The Road, Annie Get Your Gun and live from the Grand Ole Opry, Nunsense 3: The Jamboree which aired on TNN.

Lawrence is not only a successful actress, she also is involved in many causes close to her. She was the honorary head of the D.A.R.E program, raised money to protect widows and families of slain police officers in Long Beach, CA, supports the Humane Society and works with the American Heart Association as well as WALK FOR THE CURE. Her efforts to protect women’s rights were recognized in 1988 when Lawrence was the first woman to be honored as “Person of the Year” by the Coalition of Labor Union Women.

Lawrence was diagnosed with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) around 2011. She teamed with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and has become the spokesperson for the campaign CIU & You. She appeared on The Doctors in 2015 to relay her story and talk about CIU and promote the CIU & You campaign.

Lawrence was born in Inglewood, California, where she excelled in dancing and singing, was a cheerleader and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by her graduating class. From 1965 to 1967 Lawrence sang with the Young Americans musical group and, also, appeared in the feature film The Young Americans which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary.

In 1974 Lawrence married the head of CBS make-up, Al Schultz, who is both her best friend and professional partner. Al and Lawrence have two grown children, Courtney and Garrett. In her spare time Lawrence enjoys cooking.

Speech Topics

Women's Health

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."

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!"


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