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Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence Schultz, 2009
Personal information
Birth nameVicki Ann Axelrad
Birth dateMarch 26, 1949(age 67)
Place of birthInglewood, California, United States
OccupationActress, comedian, singer
SpouseBobby Russell (June 1972-1974; divorced)
Al Schultz (November 16, 1974-present)

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Vicki Lawrence (born Vicki Ann Axelrad; March 26, 1949) is an American actress, comedienne, and Billboard Hot 100 #1 singer, who was frequently a game show panelist in the 1970s and 1980s. She is best known for her co-starring role on The Carol Burnett Show, alongside Carol Burnett, from 1967 to 1978, and as the sharp-tongued matriarch, Thelma Harper (the main character on Mama's Family, airing from 1983 to 1990, which was spun off from The Carol Burnett Show's The Family sketches). As a singer she recorded The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia that made #1 on the US chart as well as in Canada. She is credited with co-authoring two books and has also used the name Vicki Lawrence Schultz.


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