Lawrence, Vicki 1949–
Lawrence, Vicki 1949–
(Vicki Lawrence-Schultz, Vicki Lawrence Schultz)
Some sources cite original name as Vicki Ann Axelrad; born March 26, 1949, in Inglewood, CA; daughter of Howard Axelrad (a certified public accountant) and Anne Alene (maiden name, Loyd) Lawrence; sister of Joni Lawrence (a makeup artist); married Bobby Russell (a songwriter), June 29, 1972 (divorced 1974); married Alvin A. "Al" Schultz (a makeup artist, producer, and businessperson), November 16, 1974; children: (second marriage) Courtney Allison, Garrett Lawrence. Education: Attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1967–70. Politics: Republican. Religion: Lutheran. Avocational Interests: Boating, needlepoint.
Career: Actress, comedienne, voice artist, singer, and producer. Young Americans, singer and recording artist, 1965–67; appeared in television commercials. Pageant contestant, and winner of the Miss Fireball Contest, c. 1967. Creator of and spokesperson for a line of cosmetics sold on the Home Shopping Network. Frequent writing collaborator with Monty Aidem. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, member of board of trustees for Miller Children's Hospital; host of annual Walk for the Cure events; DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), honorary chair in Long Beach, CA; affiliated with the Long Beach Police Officers Association; public speaker for women's issues and charities; involved with other causes, including work with animal organizations. Appeared at various events, including the World's Championship Chili Cookoff, Rosamond, CA, 1975. Also known as Vicki Lawrence-Schultz.
Member: Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors' Equity Association.
Awards, Honors: Voted most likely to succeed in high school, c. 1960s; gold record certification, Recording Industry Association of America, c. 1973, for "The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia"; Golden Globe Award nominations, best supporting actress—television, 1973, 1975, and 1977, Emmy Award nominations, best supporting actress in comedy-variety, variety, or music, 1974, and outstanding continuing or single performance by a supporting actress in a variety or music show, 1975 and 1977, and Emmy Award, outstanding continuing or single performance by a supporting actress in a variety or music show, 1976, all for The Carol Burnett Show; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or special, 1982, for Eunice; Daytime Emmy Award nomination, outstanding game show host, 1988, for Win, Lose, or Draw; named person of the year, Coalition of Labor Union Women, 1988; Daytime Emmy Award nomination, outstanding talk show host, 1993, for Vicki!
Television Appearances; Series:
Member of ensemble, The Carol Burnett Show (also known as Carol Burnett and Friends), CBS, 1967–78.
(As Vicki Lawrence Schultz) Member of ensemble, Carol Burnett & Company, ABC, 1979.
(As Schultz) Thelma "Mama" Crowley Harper, Mama's Family, NBC, 1983–85, syndicated, 1986–90.
(As Schultz) Host of daytime version, Win, Lose or Draw, NBC, 1987–89.
Panelist, Match Game (also known as Match Game '90), ABC, c. 1990–92.
Member of ensemble, The Carol Burnett Show, CBS, 1991.
Host, Vicki!, syndicated, 1992–94.
Host, The Vicki Lawrence Show (also known as Fox after Breakfast), Fox, beginning c. 1997.
Panelist, Match Game, syndicated, 1998–99.
Natalie Warner, Yes, Dear, CBS, between 2001 and 2005.
Thelma "Mama" Harper, a recurring role, Hollywood Squares (also known as H2 and H2: Hollywood Squares), syndicated, 2003–2004.
Some sources cite an appearance in other talk shows.
Television Appearances; Movies:
(As Vicki Lawrence Schultz) Grace Fontreil, Having Babies (also known as Giving Birth), ABC, 1976.
Nora Kingsley, "Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die" (also known as "Hart to Hart: Hart Attack"), NBC Friday Night Mystery, NBC, 1994.
Herself, Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Women (also known as National Lampoon's "Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Woman"), 1994.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Member of ensemble, The Carol Burnett Show in London, BBC and CBS, 1970.
(As Vicki Lawrence Schultz) The Funny World of Fred and Bunni, CBS, 1978.
(As Schultz) Paul Lynde at the Movies, ABC, 1979.
(As Schultz) Paul Lynde Goes M-a-a-a-ad, ABC, 1979.
(As Schultz) Thelma "Mama" Harper, Eunice, CBS, 1982.
(As Schultz) Jerry Reed and Special Friends, syndicated, 1982.
(As Schultz) NBC team member, Battle of the Network Stars XV, ABC, 1983.
(As Schultz) NBC team member, Battle of the Network Stars XVI, ABC, 1984.
TV's Censored Bloopers, NBC, 1984.
The World's Funniest Commercial Goofs, ABC, 1985.
Donahue: The 25th Anniversary, NBC, 1992.
The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion, CBS, 1993.
Circus of the Stars Goes to Disneyland, CBS, 1994.
Here Comes the Bride … There Goes the Groom, CBS, 1995.
Sister Mary Amnesia, Nunsense 3: The Jamboree (musical; also known as Nunsense Jamboree), The Nashville Network, 1998.
The 67th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, UPN, 1998.
Carol Burnett: Show Stoppers, CBS, 2001.
Michigan Humane Society Telethon, UPN, 2001.
More Classic Bloopers, ABC, 2002.
Herself, Great Women of Television Comedy: A Museum of Television & Radio Special, NBC, 2003.
Host, The Carol Burnett Show: Let's Bump Up the Lights, CBS, 2004.
Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:
(As Vicki Lawrence Schultz) The 15th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1988.
(As Schultz) The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC, 1989.
(As Schultz) The Third Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1989.
Presenter, The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC, 1995.
TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (also known as First Annual TV Land Awards), TV Land, 2003.
The Third Annual TV Land Awards (also known as TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV), TV Land, 2005.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Guest, Match Game 73 (also known as The Match Game), CBS, 1973.
Herself, The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters, syndicated, 1974.
Herself, Stumpers, NBC, 1976.
Robin Brandt, "The Congressman Was Indiscreet," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978.
"Murder on the Flip Side," The Eddie Capra Mysteries, NBC, 1978.
(As Vicki Lawrence Schultz) Sergeant Alvinia T. Plout, "In the Army: Parts 1 & 2," Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), ABC, 1979.
Guest, Password Plus, NBC, 1979, 1981.
Carol, "Rent a Romeo," The Love Boat, ABC, 1980.
(As Schultz) Sergeant Alvinia T. Plout, "The Survival Test," Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), ABC, 1980.
Patty Beller, "Love with a Skinny Stranger," The Love Boat, ABC, 1981.
Sergeant Alvinia T. Plout, "A.W.O.L.," Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), ABC, 1981.
Sergeant Alvinia T. Plout, "Out, Out, Damned Plout," Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), ABC, 1981.
"Funny Man," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1982.
Gloria Baxter, "Paroled to Love," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983.
Grandma Crowley, "Mama's Birthday," Mama's Family NBC, 1983.
Sergeant Alvinia T. Plout, "The Baby Show," Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends), ABC, 1983.
Guest, Super Password, NBC, 1984, 1985.
Betty Logan, "Couples," The Love Boat, ABC, 1985.
Phoebe Carroll, "My Johnnie Lies over the Ocean," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985.
Jackie MacKay, "Trial by Error," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1986.
Mama's cousin, "Cousin Lydia," Mama's Family, syndicated, 1986.
Grandma Crowley, "The Sins of the Mother," Mama's Family, syndicated, 1987.
Grandma Crowley, "My Mama, Myself," Mama's Family, syndicated, 1988.
Pookie Pond, "Steel Magnolia," Major Dad, CBS, 1991.
Phyllis Zimmerman, "Guilt by Imagination," Roseanne, ABC, 1993.
Felicia Harper, "Who Killed the Gadget Man?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1995.
Phone lady, "The Young Americans," All-American Girl, ABC, 1995.
Kitty Lynn Hastings, "FMurder," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1996.
Herself, "Cybill, Get Your Gun," Cybill, CBS, 1996.
Guest, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996, 1998.
Voice, "Bev Takes a Holiday," Duckman (animated; also known as Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man), USA Network, 1997.
Herself, The Essence of Emeril, Food Network, 1997.
Kate Granville, "Affairs to Remember," Love Boat: The Next Wave, UPN, 1998.
Dana, "Saving Santa," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1999.
Thelma "Mama" Harper, Prime Time Country, The Nashville Network, multiple episodes in 1999.
Guest, The Test, FX Channel, 2001.
Herself, "40 Greatest Theme Songs," Inside TV Land (also known as Inside TV Land: 40 Greatest Theme Songs), TV Land, 2002.
Herself, "NBC All-Stars Edition," Weakest Link (also known as The Weakest Link USA), NBC, 2002.
Guest, Pyramid, syndicated, 2002.
Herself, Intimate Portrait: Vicki Lawrence, Lifetime, 2003.
Herself, "Casting and Character Creation," TV Land Confidential, TV Land, 2005.
Mee-Ma Stewart, "Grandmas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up and Be Favorites," Hannah Montana, The Disney Channel, 2006.
Television Appearances; Pilots:
Karen Prince, "Express to Terror," Supertrain, NBC, 1979.
(As Vicki Lawrence Schultz) Elaine Monty, Anything for Love, NBC, 1985.
(As Schultz) The Real Trivial Pursuit, ABC, 1985.
Television Work; Series:
Executive producer, Vicki!, syndicated, 1992–94.
(With the Young Americans) Young Americans (documentary), Columbia, 1967.
(Uncredited; with the Young Americans) Rowan & Martin at the Movies (short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968.
Elvis Is Alive! I Swear I Saw Him Eating Ding Dongs outside the Piggly Wiggly's, 1998.
Voice of Flo the Lyin' Fly, Hermie & Friends (animated), Tommy Nelson, 2004.
Voice of Flo the Lyin' Fly, Hermie & Friends: Flo the Lyin' Fly (animated), Tommy Nelson, 2004.
Voice of Flo the Lyin' Fly, Hermie & Friends: Webster the Scaredy Spider (animated), Tommy Nelson, 2004.
Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel (musical), Dallas Music Hall, Dallas, TX, 1968.
Sister Mary Amnesia, Nunsense 3: The Jamboree (musical), Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN, 1998.
Appeared in productions of the musicals Annie Get Your Gun, Sacramento Music Circus, Sacramento, CA; and Hello, Dolly!, Glendale Music Theatre. Also appeared in other productions, including Chapter Two, I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road (musical), My Fat Friend, No, No, Nanette (musical), Send Me no Flowers, Special Occasions, Twigs, and The Vagina Monologues.
Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show (solo show), U.S. cities, 2005.
Toured in Vietnam, 1968; also performed on tour with Harvey Korman and Tim Conway at various venues, including performing arts centers and casinos.
Appeared in radio programs.
"He Did with Me," c. 1973.
"The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia," 1973.
Released other recordings, including "Dime a Dance," "Don't Stop the Music," "Mama's Gonna Make It All Better," "Mr. Allison," "Newborn Woman," "The Other Woman," "Sensual Man," and "Ships in the Night."
Writings for the Stage:
(With Monty Aidem) Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show (solo show), U.S. cities, 2005.
Television Music; Series:
(Uncredited) Lyricist, "Bless My Happy Home" (theme song), Mama's Family, NBC, 1983–85, syndicated, 1986–90.
(With Marc Eliot) Vicki!: The True Life Adventures of Miss Fireball (memoir), Simon & Schuster, 1995.
Vicki, http://www.vickilawrence.com, March 4, 2006.