CNN: At the time, a lot of people didn't realize the Vicki Lawrence who was singing the song was the same Vicki Lawrence from "The Carol Burnett Show."
Lawrence: When (the song) became a hit, people were like, "Well, where have you been, Vicki Lawrence?" and I'm like, "Well, I've been on 'The Carol Burnett Show' " -- for seven, five, six years by then. Now (stars) have to cross-pollinate to become a brand. Back then, if you think about it, movie stars never did television, and TV stars didn't do records. Now, you have to have a brand of clothing and a line of makeup and a movie and a TV show and an album. So, it's a different time. Very different time.
CNN: One of those multihyphenates of today is Miley Cyrus. You played her grandmother on "Hannah Montana" (from 2006-11). What were your impressions of her back then?
Lawrence: She did have a lot of talent from the very get-go, and very precocious. Very much more mature than her age, very much aware -- body awareness and all that.
CNN: Now everyone is aware of her body after her performance on MTV's Video Music Awards. What did you make of what she did on stage?
Lawrence: I was just saying earlier, you know how appalled we all were when Madonna first came out and we were all like, "Ohmigod!" And now (Miley's) doing this, and I don't know. I don't know what the young people are thinking. I know what a lot of my generation is thinking. They're appalled. But I'm just going to just rest my case and watch what happens. We'll just see. I don't know. She might be very smart. She might be really wrong.
CNN: Finally, going back to "Mama's Family," if you had to pick a favorite episode, what would it be?
Lawrence: If I have to pick one episode, I suppose I'd pick "The Wedding" episode (from season one) because everybody was in it: Harvey (Korman) and Rue (McClanahan) and Betty (White) and Carol. And oh, my God, Eunice was funny in that episode! I guess I'd have to say just jam-packed with stars, and it was pretty funny (laughs).