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Vicki Lawrence

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 volatile, abrasive-mannered, 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. Lawrence was born in Inglewood, California, the daughter of Anne Alene (née Loyd) and Howard Axelrad, a certified public accountant. She is a graduate of Morningside High School in Inglewood. She was valedictorian of her class of 1967. As a comedienne and actress, Lawrence is known for her work on The Carol Burnett Show, of which she was a part from 1967 to 1978. She was the only cast member, except for Burnett herself, who stayed on the show for the entire eleven

Susan Boyle Was on 'Mama's Family'?

Susan Boyle Was on 'Mama's Family'?

Here's British pop princess Susan Boyle in London on Tuesday (left) -- and Vicki Lawrence as matriarch Thelma Harper on the '80s TV series "Mama's Family" (right).Believe it or not, one of them is… READ MORE >

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