Vicki Lawrence Bio | Wiki
Vicki Lawrence is an American actress, comedian, and singer. She is best known for her character Mama. Vicki originated multitudes of characters beyond Mama on CBS’s The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 to 1978, the variety show’s entire series run.
She also made several guest appearances in the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana. Most recently, Vicki starred in the Fox sitcom series The Cool Kids from 2018 to 2019. In 1973, she became a one-hit wonder songstress, landing on the U.S. chart with “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”. It reached number one on both the United States and Canada charts.
Vicki Lawrence Age
Vicki was born on March 26, 1949, in Inglewood, California, United States. She is 73 years old.
Vicki Lawrence Height
She is a woman of average stature and stands at a height of 5 ft 6 in (Approx. 1.67 m).
Vicki Lawrence Family
She was born in Inglewood, California, to her parents Anne Alene and Howard Axelrad. Vicki’s father was a certified public accountant for Max Factor. She has a sibling named Joni. She is cousins with actress Ali Axelrad who is known for David Fincher’s Mank and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
Vicki Lawrence Husband
Vicki was married to singer and songwriter Bobby Russell from 1972 to 1974. Her second husband is Hollywood make-up artist Al Schultz, to whom she has been married since November 16, 1974, and with whom she has two children, Courtney Allison Schultz and Garrett Lawrence Schultz. Vicki and her family appeared on Celebrity Family Feud in July 2015
Vicki Lawrence Education
She is a graduate of Morningside High School in Inglewood, class of 1967. Vicki had originally planned on being a dental hygienist. She attended UCLA while on The Carol Burnett Show, and changed her major to theater arts, but dropped out after two years. In high school, she auditioned for and got into the musical group The Young Americans. She stayed with the group almost until the end of high school.
Vicki Lawrence Songs
As a singer, Vicki got her start as one of the scores of hopefuls on the syndicated Johnny Mann’s Stand Up And Cheer program.
Don’t Stop the Music
Love in the Hot Afternoon
There’s a Gun Still Smokin’ in Nashville
The Other Woman
Old Home Movies
Mama’s Gonna Make It All Better
Ships in the Night
He Did with Me
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
Vicki Lawrence Mamas Family
In The Carol Burnett Show’s 7th season, Vicki debuted her famed Mama role on a comedy sketch called The Family. The success of The Family skits eventually spun off into Lawrence landing her own television sitcom, Mama’s Family, her character becoming the focal point and Mama’s traits expanding and evolving dramatically.
She also reprised the Mama character on stage for Vicki & Mama: A Two-Woman Show. Vicki played Mama in an Ohio commercial, promoting a constitutional amendment that would permit casino gambling in Ohio.
Vicki Lawrence Carol Burnett
As a comedian and actress, Vicki is best known for her work on The Carol Burnett Show, of which she was a part from 1967 to 1978. She was the only cast member, except for Burnett herself, who stayed on the show for the entire 11 seasons. After The Carol Burnett Show ended in 1978, Vicki and her husband Al Schultz moved with their children to Maui, Hawaii, but after a few years, returned to Los Angeles, where they have remained.
Vicki Lawrence On The Resident
In 2022, she portrayed Gloria Ortiz in The Resident, an American medical drama television series. It premiered on January 21, 2018, on Fox as a mid-season replacement for the 2017–18 television season. Based on the book Unaccountable by Marty Makary, the series focuses on the lives and duties of staff members at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital, while delving into the bureaucratic practices of the hospital industry.
Vicki Lawrence Hannah Montana
She played Mamaw Stewart in the hit Disney series Hannah Montana alongside Billy Ray Cyrus and his daughter Miley Cyrus. She played the mother of Robby Ray Stewart and the grandmother of Jackson and Miley Stewart.
Vicki Lawrence The Lights Went Out In Georgia
Vicki is most known for her number-one hit, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”, a song written by her first husband Bobby Russell. It was released on Bell Records in November 1972. The song sold over two million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 1973.
During the last episode of the sixth season of The Carol Burnett Show, Vicki received her gold record by surprise from Carol Burnett. Her first LP, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, was issued soon after the single went gold.
What Disease Does Vicki Lawrence Have
Vicki 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.