Vicki Lawrence is an American actress who is known for her comedy acts and singing. She rose into the fame by being a part of CBS’s The Carol Burnett Show. Her song ‘The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia’ topped on US and Canada chart. She has multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. Here are the complete details about career, biography, and net worth of Vicki Lawrence in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Vicki Lawrence was born as Victoria Axelrad on 26th March 1949 in California. She graduated from Morningside High School, and she wanted to be a dental hygienist. She attended The University of California with a major to theatre arts, but she dropped out after two years. In her high school days, she joined a musical group named The Young Americans and performed at the Oscars.
During her senior year, she won the Miss Fireball content and came in contact with Carol Burnett with whom she had a striking resemblance. Carol cast her in her upcoming show for an onscreen role of her sister. After that, she was given a job on The Carol Burnett Show, and she acted as her mentor.
Vicki Lawrence was married to singer Bobby Russell from 1972 to 1974. Then she met with Hollywood make-up artist Al Schultz whom she married in the same year. They have two children, and the entire family appeared on Celebrity Family Feud in 2015. Vicki was diagnosed with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria. She had been rumored to be dating multiple on-screen co-actors such as Tim Conway and Barney Martin.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
Vicki Lawrence got her recognition by working on The Carol Burnett Show for nearly a decade. She left when the show ended after 11 seasons. Her character of Mama was so popular that NBC created a new show named Mama’s Family which ran for three seasons. Subsequently, she appeared in several other shows such as Hannah Montana, Roseanne, Major Dad and likewise.
As far as her music career goes, she became popular after the song ‘The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia’ topped on US chart along with Canada’s. But it was more like one-hit wonder as her subsequent singles and albums did not fare well. Vicki found success being a host to many popular game shows like Win, Lose, or Draw, Match Game, Password, Super Password, Password Plus and much more.
Vicki Lawrence has many Emmy Award nominations to her name, and she won one of them in 1976. She has also been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards for the best-supporting actress. Vicki received a gold disc for selling over two million copies of her first single.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from a comic actress who immortalized Mama’s character on TV and even on the internet? Well, she has a net worth of over $10 million. She spent most of her career being a part of The Carol Burnett Show and rise to popularity for her Mama’s character. Her music tracks hardly earn her any wealth. But her role as a host earned her a fortune towards the latter half of her career.
Vicki Lawrence is currently retired from her acting and singing career. She makes comedy skits at times and leaving a happy life with her family. She hosts an untelevised stage show for the local crowd regularly.