CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1995 |
There's the National Enquirer account this week of how Vicki Lawrence "went berserk and tore down a book display" at a Fashion Island bookstore. Then there's Lawrence's own version, which she dished out at a literary luncheon in Irvine on Wednesday--and the audience ate it up. No, she says, she didn't "hit the roof" and wreak havoc, as the Enquirer alleges.
October 11, 2013 |
Like a Southern-fried Larry David in rolled-to-the-knee support hose, Thelma Mae Crowley Harper could curb anyone's enthusiasm. For six seasons on "Mama's Family" beginning in 1983 - and years before that on "The Carol Burnett Show" - the motor-mouthed matriarch, played by Vicki Lawrence, rarely had a kind word to say to anyone. But who could blame her? In the insular burg of Raytown, and particularly under her own roof, Mama was surrounded by morons. Her son Vinton (Ken Berry) was a ne'er-do-well locksmith whose grocery store checker wife, Naomi (Dorothy Lyman)
June 1, 2013 |
"Love Thy Neighbor," Tyler Perry's second contribution to the oeuvre of OWN this week, revolves around a shrill, invective-spewing elderly woman and the family she delights in abusing. Her full name is Hattie Mae Love (get it?), and in a nod to Perry's Madea, she is played in full granny-drag by an actress, Patrice Lovely, much younger than herself. Most of what passes for humor in the early episodes of the heavily laugh-tracked show involves Hattie dancing around in a rage as she tries to get various family members "the hell outta my house.
October 4, 1992
I am an avid TV couch potato and love all the talk shows, but "Vicki!" (Vicki Lawrence, KCAL, weekdays) is the most enjoyable. No family troubles, kids that are brats, unfaithful spouses, terrible medical problems--all the shows are informative but "Vicki!" is a sheer delight. Anne Salisbury, Midway City, Calif.
September 1, 1985
Thanks to NBC for "Anything for Love." I laughed so hard, my sides hurt. My compliments to the casting director--Vicki Lawrence and Lauren Tewes were perfect. I own a beauty salon and could relate to it all. Nancy Lowrie, Arcadia
April 30, 1993 |
Guest Hosts for Lawrence: Vicki Lawrence, who this week declared herself "at war" with the producer of her syndicated talk show, will be replaced by guest hosts through the end of the season. Lawrence said she was suffering from colitis and heart palpitations brought on by her combative relationship with Derk Zimmerman, president of Group W Productions, the show's producer.