Vicki Lawrence Biography (1949-)

Some sources cite original name as Vicki Ann Axelrad; born March 26, 1949, inInglewood, CA; daughter of Howard Axelrad (a certified public accountant) and Anne Alene (maiden name, Loyd) Lawrence; sister of Joni Lawrence (a makeupartist); 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. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, One William Morris Place, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Manager: The Brokaw Company, 9255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 804, Los Angeles, CA 90069-3309.

Actress, comedienne, voice artist, singer, producer
Birth Details
March 26, 1949
Inglewood, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Member of ensemble, The Carol Burnett Show (also known as CarolBurnett and Friends), CBS, 1967-78
  • Member of ensemble, The Jimmie Rodgers Show (also known as Carol Burnett Presents "The Jimmie Rodgers Show"), CBS, 1969
  • (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.
  • 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 "Hartto 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
  • 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 knownas 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
  • 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
  • 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 (alsoknown 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 asInside 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
  • Pilots
  • Karen Prince, "Express to Terror," Supertrain, NBC, 1979
  • Katmandu, 1980
  • (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
  • Film Appearances
  • (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 PigglyWiggly's, 1998
  • Voice of Flo the Lyin' Fly, Hermie & Friends (animated), TommyNelson, 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 ScaredySpider (animated), Tommy Nelson, 2004
  • Stage Appearances
  • Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel (musical), Dallas Music Hall, Dallas,TX, 1968
  • Sister Mary Amnesia, Nunsense 3: The Jamboree (musical), Grand OleOpry, 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.
  • Major Tours
  • 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.
  • Radio Appearances
  • Appeared in radio programs.
  • Singles
  • "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 (soloshow), U.S. cities, 2005
  • Television Music
  • Series
  • (Uncredited) Lyricist, "Bless My Happy Home" (theme song), Mama's Family, NBC, 1983-85, syndicated, 1986-90
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Marc Eliot) Vicki!: The True Life Adventures of Miss Fireball (memoir), Simon & Schuster, 1995

Further Reference


    • Vicki,, March 4, 2006

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