May 4, 2012
"Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show"
"Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show" coming to Kewadin
Sault Ste. Marie, MI - Vicki Lawrence, actress and comedian best known for her co-starring role on The Carol Burnett Show, is coming to Kewadin Casinos on June 15. Lawrence acted alongside Carol Burnett on “The Carol Brunette Show”, from 1967 to 1978, as the sharp-tongued matriarch, Thelma Harper. 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 also credited with co-authoring two books. Tickets for the show go on sale May 7 at 8 a.m. and are $32.50.
"The Carol Burnett Show" premiered in the fall of 1967; the same year Vicki entered UCLA to study Theater Arts. She spent eleven years with the show, earning one Emmy Award and five Emmy nominations. In 1995 Simon and Schuster published her story. Her autobiography is entitled "Vicki!: The True Life Adventures of Miss Fireball".
After the Burnett show ended, Vicki went on to star in her own TV series, "Mama’s Family" with Ken Berry, Dorothy Lyman, Beverly Archer, and Allan Kayser. The last original episode was made in January of 1990, completing five years of first-run syndication.
Vicki was the honorary head of the D.A.R.E. program in Long Beach, California for two years. Around that time she and her husband also became members of the Long Beach Police Officer’s Association that raises money to protect the widows and families of slain police officers. Her efforts to protect women’s rights were recognized in 1988 when Vicki was the first woman to be honored as "Person of the Year" by the Coalition of Labor Union Women. Shortly thereafter, Vicki became one of the few successful, female game show hosts when she took on the daytime network-version of "Win, Lose or Draw".
Vicki further perfected her hosting skills on her own daytime talk show, appropriately called "Vicki!", from 1992 to 1994. She received critical acclaim when she was the only talk show host since Oprah to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy in her freshman year. In the fall of 1997, she briefly returned to daytime talk as the host of "Fox After Breakfast" from New York City.
On stage Vicki has appeared in numerous productions, including "Carousel", "Send Me No Flowers", "No, No, Nanette", "My Fat Friend", "Chapter Two", "Twigs", "Hello Dolly", "Special Occasions", "I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It ON The Road", "Annie Get Your Gun", and live from the Grand Ole Opry, "Nunsense 3: The Jamboree" which aired on TNN. Most recently she appeared in the Vagina Monologues.
Most recently on TV, Vicki played Miley Cyrus' grandma on Hannah Montana. The roll of "Mamaw" recurred numerous times during the series four-year run starting in 2006.
Currently Vicki has spends much of her time on the road with her stage production "Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show." She also travels all over the country speaking to women's organizations about her life and career, women's health, and being a woman in a man's world. All the while she approaches everything with her characteristic sense of humor, reminding us all that "Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!" Vicki works with the Humane Society, has done much work with the American Heart Association and their "Go Red for Women" campaign. When she is in town hosts the annual WALK FOR THE CURE in her hometown where all the proceeds go to breast and ovarian cancer research at Long Beach Memorial Center.
Tickets to see Vicki Lawrence at Kewadin Casinos DreamMakers Theater go on sale Monday May 7 at 8 a.m. with performance June 15 at 7 p.m. For ticket information, call 800-KEWADIN or visit kewadin.com and visit Lawrence’s website at www.vickilawrence.com.