As a teenager , multi-faceted performer, Vicki Lawrence was always told she looked so much like television icon, Carol Burnett, that she could be her sister. In the spring of 1967, when CBS-TV announced that it was going to debut a Monday night, COLOR, variety show, staring Ms.Burnett in the fall season , the daring Ms. Lawrence decided it was time to leverage her looks.
She wrote a letter to the Emmy award winning,comedienne, explaining their physical similarities and asking that Ms. Burnett come see her perform in a local venue. Intrigued, and , fortuitously for Ms.Lawrence, actually in search of an actress to appear as her stage sibling in a planned series of sketches for the new CAROL BURNETT SHOW, Ms. Burnett and then husband/executive producer Joe Hamilton,went to check out vibrant Vicki Lawrence.
The rest, as you know is television history.
While the CAROL & SIS sketches didn't survive the first season of the CAROL BURNETT SHOW, Ms. Lawrence's role as a member of one of Television's most celebrated and accomplished ensembles was cemented over the shows eleven year run on the network and over three decades in syndication.
Ms. Lawrence went onto star in MAMA"S FAMILY, her own spin-off based on a character she originated on the CAROL BURNETT SHOW. She also hosted the syndicated, VICKI LAWRENCE SHOW for GROUP W PRODUCTIONS and had a hit recording of the THE NIGHT THAT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN GEORGIA.
Ms. Burnett, as we all know, is revered as a performer and as a person, who has reached iconic status in television and is a beloved figure in American culture.
Below is a rare, October 1967 clip from the OHBUTYES YOU TUBE site, showcasing CAROL & SIS singing their version of PETER,PAUL AND MARY'S hit song, I DIG ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC.Enjoy!!!!!