As the character of Thelma Harper in Mama’s Family, comedienne Vicki Lawrence became one of the most recognizable faces in television history. That wasn’t very surprising, given the fact that Lawrence had attended The Carol Burnett School of Comedy as a regular on Burnett’s classic variety series (where Lawrence created Mama). After sending Burnett, her idol, a fan letter, she was plucked from obscurity and offered a plum role as a member of The Carol Burnett Show troupe. While there’s no doubt Lawrence has always been “cool,” at the ripe young age of 69 she has officially become one of The Cool Kids, courtesy of a starring role on the new Fox series of the same name. “It's fun being a cool kid,” she said with a laugh during an exclusive sit down with MediaVillage. "It's kind of like walking into a little dream job."
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