Comedian & Heart Health Activist
The multitalented Vicki Lawrence has been a star since the day she was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by her graduating class at Morningside High School in Inglewood, California. From 1965-1967, Lawrence sang with the Young American’s musical group and also appeared in the feature film The Young Americans, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Her show-biz career took off when, during her senior year in high school, she sent Carol Burnett a letter including a local newspaper article mentioning their resemblance. Lawrence invited Burnett to the local fire department’s “Miss Fireball Contest” where she was performing. Burnett, looking for an actress to play her kid sister on her new variety series, contacted Lawrence and made arrangements to come to the event. The rest is television history. The Carol Burnett Show premiered in 1967 and ran for 11 years, during which time Lawrence earned one Emmy Award and five Emmy nominations. After the show ended, Lawrence went on to star in her own series, Mama’s Family, with Ken Berry, Dorothy Lyman, Beverly Archer, and Allan Kayser and most recently was seen playing Miley Cyrus' grandma on Hannah Montana. Read More >
Lawrence travels all over the country speaking to women’s organizations about her life and career, and the challenges and obstacles faced as a woman in what is seemingly still a “man’s world.” She’s brings to the stage her characteristic humor and wit, reminding us all that "Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!"
In this talk—equal parts funny and poignant—Vicki Lawrence shares with audiences the story of her life: a story of fun and comedy that includes how she met Carol Burnett and how she “became a natural redhead.” Lawrence also talks about being a working mom (its challenges and rewards) as well as a more difficult time in her life: when her talk show was cancelled and she battled with depression. With the belief that laughter is the best medicine, Vicki Lawrence wraps up her speech by sharing with audiences her personal mantra: “Life is much too serious to be taken seriously.”
"A big thank you for working with me on having Vicki come to Richmond and speak at The Tuckahoe Woman's Club. As you know she was the first speaker of the 2012-2013 club year. She was a delight to be and she was a hit!"
"Vicki was amazing!!! She was very down to earth and a pleasure to be around. Not to mention, I think she was our funniest speaker yet. The crowd LOVED her!!! So did I - she was awesome! Her talk was so funny that I was crying from laughing so hard. I think she exceeded all our expectations. Thanks to APB for all their help. I am ready to start looking at next year's speakers!"
"She was great! VERY funny speech (laughed VERY hard!) and was very willing to do whatever and go with the flow."