logo
Getty Images
Getty Images

'Mama's Family' Star Vicki Lawrence Gets Candid about Her Mysterious Illness

Rebelander Basilan
Oct 18, 2020
03:30 P.M.

In a recent interview, Vicki Lawrence, best known for her iconic role in the hit 1983 television series "Mama's Family," opened up about her incurable disease.

Advertisement

Renowned actress Vicki Lawrence has been dealing with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) since 2011. There is no cure for the little-known skin condition, but it can be managed.

The 71-year-old recently shared her experience with CIU during an interview with Closer Weekly. According to her, the itching started on her stomach while she was out walking her dogs.

Vicki Lawrence at the TV Land Awards on March 2, 2003, in Hollywood, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Vicki Lawrence at the TV Land Awards on March 2, 2003, in Hollywood, California. | Photo: Getty Images

By the time she got home, Lawrence said that it had spread to her back, buttocks, and thighs. The welts kept coming, and they began to merge, the actress explained.

Lawrence then underwent several allergy tests for the next six weeks. "I was very frustrated," she confessed, adding that it is a very isolating condition since very few can relate to it.

Advertisement

The actress, also popular for her role on the sketch comedy television show "The Carol Burnett Show," was later diagnosed with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU).

Advertisement

Although CIU is incurable, the condition can be managed. In fact, the TV Land Award winner said she has not actually seen a hive now for a good number of years.

"It's important to find a good allergist who is familiar with CIU and figure out how to manage the symptoms," said Lawrence. She recommended the website called CIUandyou.com, which, according to her, has much useful information for people.

One of Lawrence's recent projects was the hit 2018 television series "The Cool Kids."

Advertisement

Lawrence was born Vicki Ann Axelrad in March 1949 in Inglewood, California. She became a part of the musical group The Young Americans when she was in high school.

The group toured and performed on both the Academy Awards and "The Andy Williams Show." Lawrence decided to join Inglewood's Miss Fireball contest in her senior years.

Because of that contest, Carol Burnett discovered her, and she was later signed to the famous comedian's show called "The Carol Burnett Show." The TV program ran from 1967 to 1978.

Lawrence then portrayed Thelma Harper, a.k.a. "Mama," which was the central character of the hit situation comedy series "Mama's Family" on NBC. The show ran from 1983 to 1985.

One of Lawrence's recent projects was the hit 2018 television series "The Cool Kids." She starred alongside actors David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan, and Martin Mull.

Advertisement

Meanwhile, Lawrence has become the spokesperson for the campaign CIU & You. In 2015, she appeared on "The Doctors" to relay her story and talk about CIU.

Lawrence is content in her life despite her health troubles. Since 1974, she has been happily married to her second husband, Al Schultz. They share two children — Courtney Allison and Garrett Lawrence.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Charlie Ralph Faulborn Will Soon Become an Older Brother - More about Kelli Giddish's Son

August 30, 2023

TLC’s Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas Is Going To Be a Grandma After She Met Her ‘Perfect’ Man at 51

September 25, 2023

Ann Jillian Admires Her Grandkid with Husband of 46 Years – He Helped Her Fight Cancer & Raise ‘Miracle’ Son

July 25, 2023

Colin Woodell's Wife: The Actor Is in a Long-Term Relationship with Danielle Campbell

August 04, 2023

Tasha Smith's Husband: Inside the Actress' Rocky Marriage to Ex Keith Douglas

July 20, 2023

Miley Cyrus’ Marriage Ended In Less than a Year — She Revealed the Day She Knew It Was Over

September 17, 2023

Is Janelle James Married? The Actress Once Spoke about Her Former Husband

July 14, 2023

'Dallas’ Star Audrey Landers Turns 67 in a 34-Year Marriage She Describes as ‘Not for Everyone’

July 20, 2023

Melika Payne Almost Divorced Her Husband after 20 Years of Marriage – Meet Carl Payne's Wife

August 17, 2023

Shari Headley's Dating Life Includes Marriage to a Rapper and a Romance with a Writer

October 23, 2023

This Late Actress Who Hit Dad with Tennis Racket to Defend Mom Was Mourned with Flowers on Walk of Fame

October 27, 2023

Hilary Swank Sparked Strong Reactions after Giving Birth at 48 – Inside New Mom's Mountain Home

October 11, 2023

'Happy Days' Star Anson Williams’ Wife Says Meeting Him Was a ‘Gift from God’ — She’s 'Alive Because We Met, He Says

September 09, 2023

Inside Tom Selleck's Ranch Where He Escaped from L.A. to Plant Oak Trees & Write an 'Intimate Memoir' of Private Life

November 04, 2023