The multitalented Vicki Lawrence has been a star after 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 additionally appeared in the feature film The Young Americans, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Her show-biz career took off when, throughout 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, throughout 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. [+]
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