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Vicki!: The True-Life Adventures of Miss Fireball

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Vicki Lawrence, the comic co-star of The Carol Burnett Show, describes the high school fan letter that led to her meeting Carol Burnett, her achievements on Mama's Family, and her syndicated talk show. 50,000 first printing.
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Simon & Schuster
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Apr 02, 2012 Colleen rated it did not like it
So I finished Vicki! last night, and don't read on if you don't want spoilers, but everyone should read the book as well and see if your opinions jive with mine.

25% of the book: her aborted talk show that lasted for two seasons, her fights with the W Group, and her arch-nemsis Derk Zimmerman.

25%: what a crazy bitch her mother was and the cold fish her dad was. Her sister makes a brief appearance (they were too far apart in age to be close apparently--4 years I guess is an insurmountable gap) but
May 11, 2014 Mediaman rated it really liked it
This raw, blunt book has Vicki Lawrence throw everyone she knows under the bus, from her crazy mother to her producers & writers to even Carol Burnett. Probably the only person who gets away clean is her second husband--who comes across as way too good to be true. He's a Hollywood make-up artist who quits his career to handle hers, and raises this reader's suspicions because he seems just too perfect (what is this guy hiding?).

Vicki is certainly pushy and vocal about what she doesn't like ab
Oct 25, 2014 Maura rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, comedian
I picked this up thinking I'd get to read a bit about how Vicki was on the Carol Burnett Show and Mama's Family and won't she have some really funny stories. What I learned was that Vicki likes to complain, blame other people for her problems, air her friends' dirty laundry and play herself up as this innocent victim who in reality is the greatest actress in the world. Some of the things that she mentions about other people had me wondering if these friends of hers would really appreciate seeing ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Anita rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
This was a fun read about Vicki Lawrence's rise to stardom. I remember her fondly as "Mama" from 'The Carol Burnett Show'. Some might consider her as Carol's shadow or sidekick, but she was a tour de force on her own -- albeit, not without hardship and setbacks. This book is a very candid account of the many ups and downs, personal and professional. It is by no means a 'complete' memoir (it does end with "to be continued"), hence the 3.5* rating.
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Dec 21, 2014 Kristopher Michaels rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible book about one of the funniest woman on TV. A fun read but an eye opener also of the abuse by her mother and ex-husband. Lot of back stage stories to boot. Love the book and Vicky.
Dale Stonehouse
Jul 07, 2012 Dale Stonehouse rated it really liked it
Her writing is every bit as funny as her comedy roles, and not taking life too seriously is a gift to be admired. Anyone who liked her acting will love this book; an added bonus is the story of her number-one pop music hit "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia."
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Aug 04, 2014 Amy Dingman rush rated it liked it
Although Vicki didn't have as colorful a childhood as Carol Burnett (which I'm sure she was thankful for), it wasn't an easy one. This autobiography is interesting as it not only gives readers a glimpse into Vicki's life, but also into The Carol Burnett Show and beyond.
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Vicki Lawrence is an American actress, comedienne, and singer, who was frequently a game show panelist in the 1970s and 1980s. She is best known for her co-starring role on The Carol Burnett Show, alongside Carol Burnett, from 1967 to 1978, and as the sharp-tongued matriarch, Thelma Harper (the main character on Mama's Family, airing from 1983 to 1990, which was spun off from The Carol Burnett Sho ...more
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