Vicki Lawrence, who met Al Schultz when he was her makeup artist said praising her husband, "Who else could be so good in bed then put your lashes back on in the morning."
Vicki Lawrence, who rose to fame when she played the grumpy 65-year-old Thelma Harper on Mama's Family, has lucked out when it comes to her husband. Lawrence first entered into marriage at the age of 23 with Bobby Russell, but she describes their union as lasting only a short period of time. Following her divorce from Russell, Lawrence entered a romantic relationship with Al Schultz, who served as her makeup artist at CBS and did her makeup until the conclusion of The Carol Burnett Show. In a 1983 interview with PEOPLE, Lawrence praised Schultz and said, "You'd think he'd be a real moose, but he's got a gentle touch. Who else could be so good in bed then put your lashes back on in the morning."
Eventually, Lawrence and Schultz decided to marry. Schultz retired from his position at CBS in order to focus on managing Lawrence's career, overseeing the family's finances, and he also embraced his role as a loving and nurturing father to their two children, Courtney Allison Schultz and Garrett Lawrence Schultz.
As Lawrence battles an incurable condition, chronic idiopathic urticaria, her devoted husband ensures that she receives prompt medical attention. The actress first noticed the symptoms when she woke up with itchy hands and palms, she shared in an interview with Authority Magazine. "It is a chronic form of hives, which is often difficult to diagnose. There are 1.6 million people in the United States that have CIU," she explained. "The thing about having CIU is chronic means it can just come and go as it pleases. Idiopathic means there is no trigger, there is nothing that you have done," she added.
She recalled how her husband helped her recover. "My husband Al was with me and we were like, 'Oh my god, what is happening?' There were huge red welts everywhere, where I scratched myself. He suggested I go to the allergist, so I went to see him." To have a supportive husband by her side when she was battling this severe condition was a huge help to her. "It is so frustrating trying to figure out what to do. You definitely want to blame yourself for this condition but again, it is not your fault. I know people that stopped doing their favorite activities such as horseback riding and yoga because finding a solution can be time-consuming and take you away from the things you love," she explained.
Despite the challenges posed by Lawrence's health condition, the couple remains committed to making the most of their time together. Their love has endured for over four decades. Lawrence often expresses her love through heartwarming pictures on Instagram and Facebook. Schultz shows his affection by preparing meals for his wife, often capturing intimate moments such as barbecues where he can be seen enjoying food, wine, and the company of their dog. Lawrence and Schultz's love for each other remains unwavering even after many years.
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