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August 30, 1992 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Vicki Lawrence promises her new syndicated daytime talk show "Vicki!" will not feature the usual daytime talk-show assortment of Satan worshipers and the women who love them. The slogan of her show is "Fun. Entertainment. Information." Lawrence, a 43-year-old Los Angeles native, was a member of the traveling singing group Young Americans while in high school. During her senior year, she sent a letter and a photo introducing herself to Carol Burnett, to whom she bore an amazing resemblance.
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October 11, 2013 | By Frank DeCaro
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)
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1991 | MICHAEL ARKUSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Well, hello, Vicki. Are you back where you belong? Not quite, says Vicki Lawrence. "I miss having a weekly audience," said Lawrence, 42, who co-starred in CBS-TV's "The Carol Burnett Show" from 1967 to 1978 and later played the title role on "Mama's Family" for seven years until it was dropped from first-run syndication in 1990. "It's been hard. Friends say to relax. I don't know how anyone could stop working." She couldn't.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1995 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2013 | By Frank DeCaro
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)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1995 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 30, 1992 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Vicki Lawrence promises her new syndicated daytime talk show "Vicki!" will not feature the usual daytime talk-show assortment of Satan worshipers and the women who love them. The slogan of her show is "Fun. Entertainment. Information." Lawrence, a 43-year-old Los Angeles native, was a member of the traveling singing group Young Americans while in high school. During her senior year, she sent a letter and a photo introducing herself to Carol Burnett, to whom she bore an amazing resemblance.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1991 | MICHAEL ARKUSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Well, hello, Vicki. Are you back where you belong? Not quite, says Vicki Lawrence. "I miss having a weekly audience," said Lawrence, 42, who co-starred in CBS-TV's "The Carol Burnett Show" from 1967 to 1978 and later played the title role on "Mama's Family" for seven years until it was dropped from first-run syndication in 1990. "It's been hard. Friends say to relax. I don't know how anyone could stop working." She couldn't.
NEWS
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
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Not surprisingly, this is a big time of year for the Hallmark Channel, which has been offering a non-stop medley of new and old original movies since Thanksgiving week, all testifying to the various transformative powers of Christmas. This Saturday it's "Annie Claus Is Coming to Town," a slight, sweet tale that should appeal to fans of the Big E's — "Elf" and "Enchanted," the two films from which it borrows most heavily, (although "The Santa Clause" franchise also figures in.) Annie (Maria Thayer)
NEWS
December 23, 1990
I was disappointed to the point of being disgusted at the commentary of Richard Simmons and Vicki Lawrence Schultz during coverage of Pasadena's Doo-Dah Parade. Where I come from, if a person doesn't have anything good to say, he should keep his yap shut. James A. Brackley, Fountain Valley
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