October 24, 2021 | 9: 15 am
Vicki Lawrence was initially cast in “The Carol Burnett Show” as a result of her similarity to the celebrity. Filmmagic; Everett Collection
Vicki Lawrence claims she was refuted equivalent pay on “The Carol Burnett Show” since she had not been a man with a family to sustain.
Lawrence– who produced the legendary “Mama” personality– informed Page Six that throughout the show’s 5th season in the very early ’70 s, she came close to exec producer Joe Hamilton to request for more cash.
” I stated, ‘I really feel that I are worthy of to be making at least what Lyle [Waggoner] is making since I really feel that I’m drawing that much weight on the show,” the starlet informed us. “Joe considered me with an outright straight face, really did not miss out on a beat, and stated, ‘Vicki, Lyle is a man with a family to sustain.'”
Lawrence, 72, claimed at the time she concurred and kept in mind assuming it was “a flawlessly legit” feedback.
” When women assume perhaps points have not transformed, I go, ‘Yeah points have actually transformed. It’s sluggish, yet they’re transforming,'” she informed Page Six.
Ironically, Lawrence– whose personality introduced a six-season offshoot called “Mama’s Family” from 1983 to 1990– met her fiancÃ©, make-up artist Al Schultz, a couple of years in the future “The Carol Burnett Show.” The couple joined in 1974 and share 2 children.
Despite not getting the very same pay as her male co-star, Lawrence claimed the show was the most effective institution to find out comedy and her spreading tale is a Hollywood script per se.
Lawrence had actually just finished senior high school when her mother recommended she compose a fan letter to Burnett, noting their solid physical look.
Burnett, who was together seeking a starlet to play her more youthful sis on her future show, sought out Lawrence’s family in the telephone directory and called her to audition for the role. Lawrence later on found out that CBS officers came close to Burnett with worries over the spreading.
” They did claim to her, ‘Do you believe perhaps we should get a starlet, an adorable little starlet? Since Vicki is really, extremely harsh,'” Lawrence remembered. “And Carol claimed, ‘You men pay attention to me, she is a rough diamond. And we’re hanging onto her.'”
These days, Lawrence visits the nation with her one-woman show, which is an assortment of showbiz memories and after that a fast outfit become the cherished “Mama.”
Lawrence states that she’s discovered that both “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Mama’s Family” are currently more preferred than ever before, obtaining more fan mail in the in 2015 than she has in her whole profession. She assumes it’s due to the fact that the shows take individuals back to a more serene, much less dissentious time.
” You know back to a various time,” Lawrence clarified. “Just ridiculous and just giggles, there’s just not a great deal of things like that any longer.”