Vicki Lawrence Biography, Age, Tours, Mama’s Family, Songs and News

Vicki Lawrence born Vicki Anne Lawrence also credited as Vicki Lawrence Schults is an America actress, comedian, and pop music singer recognized for the many characters she originated on CBS’s The Carol Burnett Show, where she appeared from 1967-78, for the entire series run.

Vicki Lawrence Biography

Vicki Lawrence born Vicki Anne Lawrence also credited as Vicki Lawrence Schults is an America actress, comedian, and pop music singer recognized for the many characters she originated on CBS’s The Carol Burnett Show, where she appeared from 1967-78, for the entire series run.

Vicki Lawrence Age

Born on 26 March 1949, Inglewood, California, United States. She is 69 years old as of 2018.

Vicki Lawrence Height

She stands at a height of 1.67 m.

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Vicki Lawrence Husband

Lawrence was married to singer and songwriter Bobby Russell from 1972 to 1974. Lawrence’s 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 (born May 5, 1975) and Garrett Lawrence Schultz (born July 3, 1977).

Vicki Lawrence  Career

Acting

As a comedian and actress, Lawrence is known for her work on The Carol Burnett Show, of which she took 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, Lawrence 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.

Her portrayal of the Mama character on The Carol Burnett Show’s “The Family” sketches was so popular that NBC subsequently created the sitcom Mama’s Family, elaborating on the Mama character. (Burnett reprised the Eunice Higgins character for the sitcom from time to time.) The series ran from 1983 to 1985 on NBC; after its cancellation from NBC, it was renewed from 1986 to 1990 in first-run syndication. The show was more successful in the renewed version. She also reprised the Mama character on stage for Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show.

Lawrence has made appearances on other programs, such as the sitcoms Laverne & Shirley, Major Dad, Roseanne, Hannah Montana, and Yes, Dear. Between the NBC and syndication runs of Mama’s Family, Lawrence starred in the 1985 comedy pilot Anything for Love, which aired as a special on CBS that summer and co-starred Lauren Tewes and Rebeca Arthur. Lawrence has also appeared with Burnett, Korman, and Tim Conway in the Burnett show retrospectives that were broadcast in 1993, 2001, and 2004. Lawrence played Sister Mary Paul (Sister Amnesia) in the TV special based on Nunsense Jamboree that originally aired on TNN in 1998.

Lawrence played Mamaw Stewart (the mother of Robby Ray Stewart and grandmother of Jackson and Miley Stewart) in the hit Disney series Hannah Montana alongside Billy Ray Cyrus and his daughter Miley Cyrus.

Lawrence recently played as Mama in an Ohio commercial, promoting a constitutional amendment that would permit casino gambling in Ohio. Lawrence played Dan’s old high-school flame, Phyllis, in an episode of Roseanne. She also appeared in a special celebrity-edition episode of the Anne Robinson version of The Weakest Link. Playing for a charity, she made it to the final two, but ended up losing to Ed Begley, Jr.

Music

As a singer, Lawrence got her start as one of the scores of hopefuls on the syndicated Johnny Mann’s Stand Up And Cheer program. However, she 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, which was released on Bell Records in November 1972. It 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 (March 24, 1973), Lawrence 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. The song was re-recorded by Reba McEntire for her 1991 album For My Broken Heart. McEntire released the track as a single to country radio in 1992 and it peaked at #12 on the country chart, aided in part by a highly cinematic music video.

“He Did With Me”, Lawrence’s follow-up to “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”, reached number 75 in the United States, although it reached the top 20 of the adult contemporary music charts and also became her biggest hit in Australia, peaking at number one there in November 1973. She followed it up there with “Ships in the Night” (1974). In the fall of 1975, Lawrence managed one last minor U.S. chart entry on the Private Stock label with “The Other Woman” (number 81).

In 1974, she recorded her second LP for Bell Records, Ships in the Night. The label was in the process of being bought out by Arista, and the LP was not released in the U.S. The LP was, however, released in Australia, where she continued to have chart success. Lawrence’s first two LPs were released as a single CD with bonus tracks on April 1, 2014, by Real Gone Music.

She released a disco album entitled Newborn Woman late in 1979. The album produced the minor disco hit “Don’t Stop the Music”.

Vicki Lawrence Cool Kids

Vicki Lawrence starred as Margaret.

The Cool Kids is an American comedy television series, created by Charlie Day and Paul Fruchbom, that premiered on September 28, 2018, on Fox. The series follows three male residents of a retirement community that is forced to adapt to the arrival of a new, rebellious female occupant and it stars Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, David Alan Grier, and Leslie Jordan. On October 19, 2018, it was announced that Fox had ordered an additional nine episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to twenty-two episodes

Vicki Lawrence Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia Lyrics

Vicki Lawrence Books

  • Vicki!: The True-Life Adventures of Miss Fireball (1995)published by Simon & Schuster with Marc Eliot, an American biographer listed several times on The New York Times bestsellers list.
  • Mama for President: Good Lord, Why Not? (2008), with Monty Aidem, an American comedy writer.

Vicki Lawrence Mama’s Family

Mama’s Family is an American television sitcom starring Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper (Mama). Her portrayal of the Mama character on The Carol Burnett Show’s “The Family” sketches was so popular that NBC subsequently created the sitcom Mama’s Family, elaborating on the Mama character.

Vicki Lawrence Tour

Date VENUE
23 Mar Scottsdale, AZ, United States
30 Mar Folsom, CA, United States
3 Apr Morristown, NJ, United States
5 Apr Verona, NY, United States
7 Apr Westbury, NY, United States
28 Apr New York, United States
4 May Federal Way, WA, United States
23 May Newport News, VA, United States
7 Jun Arlington, TX, United States
23 Jun Greensburg, PA, United States

Vicki Lawrence Songs

YEAR SONG
1979 Star Love
1979 Just One Time
1979 Don’t Stop the Music
1979 Your Lies
1976 Love in the Hot Afternoon
1974 Makin’ Love In My Mind
1974 Ships In The Night
1974 The Other Woman
1974 I’m Glad I’m Not Her
1974 Funny Girl
1974 Take Me To Heaven
1974 Who Broke Your Heart And Made You Write That Song
1974 The Light On The Back Porch Door
1974 Who Do I Call When I Need You
1974 In Another Woman’s Arms
1974 Old Home Movies
1974 Mama’s Gonna Make It All Better
1973 Killing Me Softly With His Song
1973 We Helped Each Other Out
1973 How You Gonna Stand It
1973 Little Green Apples
1973 Killing Me Softly With His Song
1973 We Helped Each Other Out
1973 Sensual Man
1973 Mr. Allison
1973 It Could Have Been Me
1973 He Did With Me
1973 Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
1969 The Whole State of Alabama

Vicki Lawrence Tv Shows

  • The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)
  • Carol Burnett & Company (1979)
  • Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983)
  • Mama’s Family (1983-1990)
  • Vicki (1992-1994)
  • Win, Lose or Draw (1987-2014)
  • The Cool Kids (since 2018)
  • Fox After Breakfast (since 1996)
  • Carol Burnette and Friends (since 1972)
  • Hermie and Friends
  • The Carl Burnett Show (since 1991)
  • Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983)
  • Carol Burnett & Company (1979)

Vicki Lawrence Networth

Vicky has an estimated net worth of $8 million dollars as of 2018.

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Mama’s Family Star Ken Berry Is Dead At 85

Updated: December 1, 2018.

A veteran of television screens and theatre stages for over 60 years, actor Ken Berry could be relied upon to get a smile out of anyone with his quick wit and physical pratfalls. Sadly, Berry has left us all laughing one final time, as the Mama’s Family and F Troop star died over the weekend. He was 85 years old.

On Saturday, December 1, Ken Berry passed away at the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank California. That news was confirmed by Berry’s former wife and friend of many decades, Jackie Joseph, though a direct cause of death has not been stated at the time of this writing.

Ken Berry was born on November 3, 1933, in Moline, Illinois. His performance talents were soon witnessed, and he spent part of his teens as part of a traveling song-and-dance group. His dreams were sidelined when he volunteered to join the U.S. Army after high school, but during his second year, as part of the entertainment-minded Special Services, he worked under future Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy, who backed Berry’s talents.

Prior to hitting TV fame, Ken Berry rocked his song-and-dance approach in Las Vegas, opening for Hollywood legends Abbott & Costello, among other acts. He joined The Billy Barnes Revue production in 1959, which is where he met his aforementioned first wife Jackie Joseph, to whom he was married from 1960-1976.

The 1980 TV ad below features Ken Berry’s song-and-dance talents, which he’d initially thought was going to be the bread and butter of his career.

After several roles in shows such as Dr. Kildare and The Dick Van Dyke Show, Ken Berry landed his first big starring role as the sneeze-happy Captain Parmenter on the goofy war sitcom F-Troop. Though the comedy only lasted two seasons, it became extremely popular in syndication, thanks to places like Nick at Nite.
On F-Troop, Berry co-starred with Larry Storch, who shared a touching post about the actor’s passing.

Following F-Troop, Ken Berry landed another big role as widower Sam Jones on The Andy Griffith Show. He was then given the lead role on the spinoff Mayberry R.F.D.after Andy Griffith decided to leave the enormously popular flagship sitcom. The show lasted from 1968-1971.

Berry, who’d taken the top prize in 1957 on the TV talent show Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, was noticed by Carol Burnett in those early years, and the two became frequent collaborators. He was often part of The Carol Burnett Show’s guest star lineup throughout its ten-year run, and also later starred in the TV movie Eunice, which was the predecessor for the southern fried sitcom Mama’s Family. (Fun fact: Ken Berry actually played brother Philip in Eunice, though that character was replaced by Vinton for the TV show.)

Once again in 1983, Ken Berry found himself a TV star as the lead cast of Mama’s Family, with Carol Burnett regular Vicki Lawrence aged up for the title role. The show’s initial NBC run had Berry’s Vinton and two children Sonja and Buzz moving in with Lawrence’s Thelma, though the story changed up completely when NBC canceled Mama’s Family after two seasons.

Mama’s Family lived on for another 4 seasons as one of syndication’s most popular programs, ending in 1990 after Vicki Lawrence decided to call it quits. From that revamped era, few will likely ever forget Ken Berry’s frequent cringe-worthy liplocks with co-star Dorothy Lyman as Vinton’s libidinous second wife Naomi.

After Mama’s Family, Ken Berry’s career started to subside, though he did take roles in projects such as The Golden Girls and The New Adventures of Batman, and also appeared as himself in retrospectives about The Andy Griffith Show and others.

Ken Berry could have seen his career head off in a different direction in the 1970s. He’d appeared on a 1974 episode of The Brady Bunch as the character Ken Kelly, for an episode that was crafted as a backdoor pilot for Kelly’s Kids, in which Berry would have played the father of three adopted chldren of differing backgrounds. (Todd Lookinland, younger brother of Mike “Bobby Brady” Lookinland, played one of those kids.) That concept never made it to series, however.

Source: cinemablend.com