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.

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Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet 50% Annie Claus Is Coming to Town Martha (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hermie & Friends: The Flo Show Creates a Buzz Flo (Voice) - 2009
20% 46% The Fox and the Hound 2 Granny Rose (Voice) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elvis Is Alive! I Swear I Just Saw Him Eating a Ding Dong Outside the Piggly WigglyI Unknown (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die Nora Kingsley (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet National Lampoon's Attack of the 5' 2" Women Self - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eunice Thelma "Mama" Harper (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Having Babies Grace Fontreil (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Americans Vicki (Character) - 1967

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2019
65% 79% The Cool Kids Margaret (Character) 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2018-2019 2011-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2018
84% 71% Great News Unknown (Guest Star) 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hermie and Friends Flo (Character) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2015-2016 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Better Show Guest 2015 2012-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Latifah Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anderson Guest 2012
No Score Yet 74% Hannah Montana Mamaw Ruthie (Guest Star) 2011 2009 2006-2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Contestant 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yes, Dear Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2005
61% 74% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
14% No Score Yet Love Boat: The Next Wave Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cybill Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Felicia Harper (Guest Star) 1995
76% 68% Roseanne Phyllis Zimmer (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mama's Family Thelma 'Mama' Crowley Harper (Character) 1986-1990 1983-1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Password Guest 1984-1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The $25,000 Pyramid Guest 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley Unknown (Guest Star) 1983 1979-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Password 79 Guest 1979-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Unknown (Character) 1967-1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1976-1978

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