Vicki Lawrence 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 explosively quick-tempered, abrasive-mannered, and smart-aleck Thelma Harper/Mama. Her Acting Mentor was Carol Burnett 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 has made numerous post-Mama's Family guest TV show appearances in her famed Thelma Harper/Mama role. On February 5, 2013, Lawrence appeared as the character in a special sketch for "Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday." In addition, Lawrence regularly hosts a non-televised stage show titled "Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show." In May 2013, it was announced that Lawrence will be involved in an all new Mama's Family reunion with the rest of the show's cast. The reunion will be featured on the upcoming Mama's Family DVD set to be released by StarVista Entertainment. The DVD will consist of all 6 seasons of the series. While the first 2 seasons will be released on September 10, 2013, no set date has been made for the remaining 4. Episodes will be shown in their original unedited forms, dubbed "The Joe Hamilton Cuts." The DVD will also contain up to 10 hours of bonus material.
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