This “Mama” is Finally a Senior Citizen


“Mama” is finally a senior citizen. Inglewood native Vicki Lawrence celebrates her 65th birthday today, but has been putting on the wig and pearls to portray the daffy old lady since she was just 25 years old. Lawrence, once a cheerleader for Morningside High School, originated the part of “Thelma Harper” on The Carol Burnett Show, played the part for six seasons on her 1980s TV series Mama’s Family, and continues to portray her in traveling shows at concert halls and casinos.

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