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      Vicki Lawrence

      Vicki Lawrence

      Highest Rated: 20% The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006)

      Lowest Rated: 20% The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006)

      Birthday: Mar 26, 1949

      Birthplace: Inglewood, California, USA

      Vicki Lawrence was an American comedic actor, pop singer and game show host who was best known for her 11 year run playing a multitude of comedic characters on the popular sketch comedy variety series "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS, 1967-78). Born and raised in Inglewood, California, Lawrence had a normal childhood and dreamt of one day becoming a dental hygienist. Her dreams of simple, middle class life, however, were derailed when, while still in her teens, Lawrence auditioned for and was accepted into the musical group The Young Americans. Her tenure in the group, which travelled the country and performed at such nationally televised events like the Oscars, forever changed Lawrence's life. She grew to love singing and performing and dreamt of having a long-lasting career in show business. Then, as luck would have it, while doing an interview for a local newspaper the journalist interviewing her noted how Lawrence resembled a young Carol Burnett. When the story was published Lawrence was surprised to learn that the journalist had included the aside about her resemblance to Burnett. Then, on a whim, Lawrence wrote a fan letter to Burnett and included a clipping of her interview. After reading the letter, Burnett was able to find Lawrence's telephone number. She called the young actress and asked her to audition for a part as her younger sister on her new variety series. Flabbergasted, Lawrence went to the audition and was completely floored when she was hired for the part. The show, of course, was "The Carol Burnett Show" and over the course of the next 11 years Lawrence would earn a graduate school degree in comedy, whilst debuting a number of popular comedy characters, the most notable of which was her Thelma Harper character, also known as "Mama." Next to Burnett, Lawrence was the only member of the cast to stay on the show throughout its entirety. During this period, Lawrence fulfilled another childhood dream by scoring a Top 40 pop hit with the story song "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" in 1973. When the series ended in 1978, Lawrence continued performing her popular Mama character on the sitcom "Mama's Family" (NBC/Syndication, 1983-1990). "Mama's Family" ran for six successful seasons, earning a Primetime Emmy in the process. After the show ended its run in 1990 Lawrence continued acting steadily in both films and TV shows throughout the ensuing decades. She also hosted the game show "Win, Lose or Draw" (NBC/Syndication, 1987-1992) from 1987 to 1989, and even hosted her own short-lived daytime talk show called "Vicki!" (Syndication, 1992-1994) in the early 90s. By the late 2010s Lawrence had returned to television acting with a recurring part on the Tina Fey-produced NBC sitcom "Great News" (NBC, 2017-2018), but that series was cancelled after two seasons. Then in the fall of 2018 Lawrence joined the cast of the Fox sitcom "The Cool Kids" (Fox, 2018- ). That show, which was created by Charlie Day and also starred David Alan Grier, premiered on the network in September of 2018.


      Vicki Lawrence Vicki Lawrence at arrivals for FOX Presents THE COOL KIDS and LAST MAN STANDING at the 12th Annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews, Paley Center for Media, Beverly Hills, CA September 13, 2018. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection The Talk, from left: Sara Gilbert, Vicki Lawrence, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, 10/18/2010, ©CBS



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