Vicki Lawrence

Active - 1976 - 2011  |   Born - Mar 26, 1949 in Inglewood, California, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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Biography by Cammila Collar

Comedian Vicki Lawrence got her big break in show business with a prominent role on the 70's sketch comedy series The Carol Burnette Show. The California native was particularly popular for her recurring character of "Mama," which earned her a successful spin-off, the sitcom Mama's Family, which ran from 1986 to 1990. She would go on to also enjoy runs on shows like Hannah Montana, and also had a career as a successful singer, reaching number one in 1973 with the song "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia".

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  • Was voted Most Likely to Succeed by her graduating class in 1967.
  • Sang with the Young Americans musical group from 1965 to '67.
  • Met future husband Al Schultz in 1968 when he was hired to be the head make-up artist on The Carol Burnett Show.
  • Had a No. 1 hit in 1973 with "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," written by then-husband Bobby Russell, who originally offered it to Cher.
  • Autobiography, Vicki!: The True-Life Adventures of Miss Fireball, was published in 1995.
  • Has been nominated for Daytime Emmys for her game-show and talk-show hosting work. 
  • Is a yacht-racing enthusiast.