Multi-talented Vicki Lawrence was born in Inglewood, California where she excelled in dancing and singing, was a cheerleader and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by her graduating class.
From 1965 to 1967, Vicki sang with the Young Americans musical group and also appeared in the feature film The Young Americans which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
During her senior year of high school, Vicki sent Carol Burnett a letter which included a local newspaper article mentioning their resemblance. Vicki invited Ms. Burnett to the local fire department’s “Miss Fireball Contest” in which she was performing. Ms. Burnett, looking for an actress to play her kid sister on her new variety series, contacted Vicki and made arrangements to come to the event. The rest is television history.
The Carol Burnett Show premiered in the fall of 1967; the same year Vicki entered UCLA to study Theater Arts. She spent eleven years with Carol, earning one Emmy Award and five Emmy nominations.
In 1968, Vicki went to Vietnam to visit the U.S. troops with Johnny Grant.
Several years later, in 1973, Vicki received a gold record as a recording artist for her international hit single, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.”
After the Burnett show ended, Vicki went on to star in her own TV series, Mama’s Family. The last original episode was made in January of 1990, completing five years of first-run syndication. Vicki was the honorary head of the D.A.R.E. program in Long Beach, California for two years while her kids were still young and in school.
Around that time she and her husband also became members of the Long Beach Police Officer’s Association that raises money to protect the widows and families of slain police officers.
Shortly thereafter, Vicki became one of the few successful, female game show hosts when she took on the daytime network-version of Win, Lose or Draw . Vicki further perfected her hosting skills on her own daytime talk show, appropriately called Vicki!, from 1992 to 1994. She received critical acclaim when she was the only talk show host since Oprah to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy in her freshman year.
In the fall of 1997, she briefly returned to daytime talk as the host of Fox After Breakfast from New York City.
On stage Vicki has appeared in numerous productions, including Carousel, Send Me No Flowers, No, No, Nanette, My Fat Friend, Chapter Two, Twigs, Hello Dolly, Special Occasions, I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on The Road, Annie Get Your Gun, Live from the Grand Ole Opry, Nunsense 3: The Jamboree. Most recently she appeared in the Vagina Monologues.
Her first book, Mama for President: Good Lord, Why Not?, was published May 20, 2008. Finally, a candidate who will speak her mind and put the country on the right track. From health care to homeland security, Mama has a plan, and she’s not afraid to tell you about it. She tackles the big issues, and runs a campaign that has everyone running.
Bitingly funny and brutally honest, Mama may just have the answer – but if not, at least readers will have a great laugh.
Since 2002 Vicki has spent much of her time on the road with her stage production Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show.
She hosts the annual Walk for the Cure in her hometown of Long Beach, California where all the proceeds go to breast and ovarian cancer research at Long Beach Memorial Center.
Vicki is married to Al Schultz, who is both her best friend and professional partner. Al and Vicki have two grown children, Courtney and Garrett. They live at the beach with their two dogs, Tascha, a Chocolate Lab, and Lucas, a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. In their spare time, Al and Vicki enjoy yacht racing. They own a 70-foot sloop named, fittingly, “Vicki.”