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Shari Lewis

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Shari Lewis has provided decades of kids with wholesome entertainment. With her trusty puppet Lamb Chop, Lewis offers performed on tv and in recordings because the 1950s. There’s simply no additional woman in the us more recognized with quality preschool entertainment. Lewis grew up in a display business family members in NEW YORK. After earning Arthur Godfrey’s Skill Scouts at age 18, Lewis continued to sponsor her own Television program, Truth ‘n’ Fun, on NBC. This is followed by other programs, like the Shari Lewis Display, which launched Lamb Chop, Hush Puppy, Charlie Equine, among others. Lewis began releasing recordings immediately after. Her initial record, Fun in Shariland, released in 1958, highlighted a variety of activity and rhyming music that were presented on television. Many releases implemented, including ABOUT A MINUTE Bedtime Tales, an record that showcased Lewis’ renowned feeling of comic timing. Lewis also authored over 22 books for kids and was showered with honours, including many Emmys along with a Peabody prize. Although she had not been on television through the ’70s and ’80s, Lewis continuing to increase her discography with produces such as for example Lamb Chop Within the Property of No Manners and do not Wake Your Mom on A&M Information. She also attempted her hand like a symphony conductor. In 1983, Lewis was called among the ten most important ladies in America and was honored in the Kennedy Middle. In the first ’90s, Lewis came back to tv, hosting Lamb Chop’s Play Along double each day on PBS. This program presented Lewis’s easygoing performing style, actions, and simple tasks for children. Proving that children’s music retains you youthful, Lewis continuing to release video clips and recordings, including a video known as Lamb Chop’s Unique Chanukah.

Quick Facts


Full Name Shari Lewis
Died August 2, 1998, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.52 m
Profession Author, Puppeteer, Film producer, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Presenter, Ventriloquist
Education Barnard College, The High School of Music & Art
Nationality American
Spouse Jeremy Tarcher, Stan Lewis
Children Mallory Lewis
Parents Abraham Hurwitz, Ann Ritz Hurwitz
Siblings Barbara Hurwitz O'Kun
Awards Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing For A Children's Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s or Pre-School Children’s Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming - Informational/Factual
Music Songs Lamb Chop Has Her Say, Charlie Horse Makes A Mistake, Wiggle Your Finger, The Pied Piper Of Hamelin, What Would You Like For Dinner, Tiki Tiki Timbo, Hush Puppy Misses The Point, The Tortoise And The Hare, Let's Walk A Tightrope, I Love To Watch A Parade, Get Up In The Morning, Play A Little Song, She Sells Sea Shells, It Doesn't Matter Why You Smile, Hey Down There, The Lion And The Mouse, Sleigh Bells, Charlie Horse Apologises, What Do You Do When You Say You're Doin' Nothin'?, Meet Shari, Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse And Hush Puppy, Wouldn't It Just Be Swell, Wouldn't It Be Just Swell, Finale / A Big Surprise, Get on Board Little Children, Back in Your Own Back Yard, Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella, Go Fly a Kite!, Hound Dog, Aren't You Glad You're You?, Let's Sing Our Favorites Song, Jack And The Beanstalk, Swingin' on a Star
Albums Children's Entertainer, Lamb Chop's Sing-Along, Play-Along, Shari In Storyland, All You Need From, Songs For Children, Hi Kids!
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series, Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series, Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Pre-School Program or Series, Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
Movies Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah, The Shari Lewis Collection, Eat Me!
TV Shows The Charlie Horse Music Pizza, Lamb Chop's Play-Along, Arabian Knights, The Shari Lewis Show


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#Fact
1 Release of her book, "Shari Lewis Presents 101 Things for Kids to Do". [1987]
2 Release of her book, "Folding Paper Toys" by Shari with Lillian Oppenheimer. [1993]
3 Release of her book, "Spooky Stuff". [1979]
4 Release of her book, "Shari Lewis Presents 101 Games and Songs for Kids to Play and Sing". [1993]
5 Release of her book, "Making Easy Puppets". [1967]
6 Release of her book, "Toy-Store-in-a-Book". [1979]
7 Release of her book, "One-Minute Animal Stories". [1986]
8 Release of her book, "One-Minute Christmas Stories". [1987]
9 Her parents encouraged her to perform and, by the age of 13, her father taught her to perform specialized magic tricks. She also received instructions in acrobatics, juggling, ices-skating, baton twirling, violin and piano. She was taught ventriloquism by John W. Cooper. She continued piano and violin at New York's High School of Music and Art, dance at the American School of Ballet and acting with Sanford Meisner of the Neighborhood Playhouse. She attended Barnard College for one year but left college to go into show business.
10 Aunt of Tony Krantz and Nicholas Krantz.
11 Received a honorary doctorate from the Hofstra University School of Education on May 16, 1993.
12 Sister-in-law of Steve Krantz.
13 Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 359-360. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
14 Was an accomplished symphony conductor.
15 When asked by TV Guide to supply an item for a celebrity recipes issue, submitted a recipe for lamb chops.
16 Daughter, Mallory Tarcher, was a writer on Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) and The Charlie Horse Music Pizza (1998).
17 Shari Lewis hosted her first kids TV shows "Facts N'Fun", "Kartoon Klub"/"Shari & Her Friends", "Shariland" and "Hi Mom"/"Family" on WNBT/WRCA Ch. 4 and on WPIX TV Ch. 11 in NYC. "Facts N'Fun" was seen Sunday afternoons on WNBT TV Ch. 4 in NYC from Sunday July 5, 1953 to Sunday September 26, 1953. "Kartoon Klub"/"Shari & Her Friends" Monday to Saturday evenings on WPIX TV Ch. 11 in NYC from Tuesday July 6, 1954 to Saturday December 22, 1956. "Shariland" was seen first on WPIX TV Ch. 11 in NYC on Saturday Evenings from Saturday October 13, 1956 to Saturday December 22, 1956 and later on WRCA TV Ch. 4 in NYC Saturday mornings from Saturday August 16, 1957 to Saturday August 16, 1958. "Hi Mom"/"Family" was seen weekday mornings on WRCA TV Ch. 4 in NYC from Thursday August 15, 1957 to Friday March 20, 1959.
18 Co-wrote the Star Trek (1966) episode, Star Trek: The Lights of Zetar (1969), with her husband Jeremy Tarcher, and hoped to be cast as the female guest star. The part of Lieutenant Mira Romaine went to Jan Shutan.
19 Son-in-law: Brad Hood (Mallory's husband).
20 Brother-in-law/long time friend of Shari's: Lan O'Kun (Barbara's husband).
21 Siblings: Barbara Hurwitz O'Kun (younger sister by nine years).
22 Parents: Abraham (d. 1981) and Ann Hurwitz (d. 1993).
23 Daughter, with Jeremy Tarcher, Mallory Tarcher.
24 Her husband, Jeremy Tarcher, is the brother of Judith Krantz.
25 Ventriloquist, best known for characters such as Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse, and Hush Puppy.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Potions and Notions 1966 Short Honey Halfwitch (voice, uncredited)
Throne for a Loss 1966 Short Honey Halfwitch / Cousin Maggie / Woman (voice, uncredited)
The Defiant Giant 1966 Short Honey Halfwitch (voice, uncredited)
The Rocket Racket 1966 Short Honey Halfwitch (voice, uncredited)
Trick or Cheat 1966 Short Honey Halfwitch (voice, uncredited)
Baggin' the Dragon 1966 Short Honey Halfwitch / Cousin Maggie (voice, uncredited)
From Nags to Witches 1966 Short Honey Halfwitch (voice, uncredited)
Shoeflies 1965 Short Honey Halfwitch / Cousin Maggie / Teeny Meanie (voice, uncredited)
Poor Little Witch Girl 1965 Short Halfwitch / Cousin Maggie (voice, uncredited)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1964 TV Series Lois
Car 54, Where Are You? 1962-1963 TV Series Judy / Melinda Walsh
The United States Steel Hour 1960-1961 TV Series Dulie Hudson
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1959 TV Series
Wrongfully Accused 1998 Lambchop (voice, uncredited)
The Charlie Horse Music Pizza 1998 TV Series Shari Lambchop Hush Puppy ...
Cybill 1997 TV Series Lamb Chop
Lamb Chop's Chanukah and Passover Surprise 1996 TV Movie Shari Lamb Chop Charlie Horse ... (voice)
Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah 1995 TV Movie Shari Lamb Chop Charlie Horse ... (voice)
The Nanny 1995 TV Series Shari Lewis
Lamb Chop and the Haunted Studio 1994 TV Movie Shari
Lamb Chop's Play-Along 1992-1993 TV Series Host, Lamb Chop, Hush Puppy, Charlie Horse Host Lamb Chop ...
Tony Orlando and Dawn 1974 TV Series
NBC Children's Theatre 1973 TV Series
Love, American Style 1969-1972 TV Series Sue (segment "Love and the Alibi") / Diane (segment "Love and the Dummies")
The Other Reg Varney 1970 TV Movie Various Characters
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour 1969 TV Series Princess Nidor
Arabian Knights 1968 TV Series Princess Nida (voice)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1966 TV Series Janet Jerrod
A Wedding Knight 1966 Short Gwendolyn (voice, uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Shari Show TV Series creator - 9 episodes, 1975 - 1976 developer - 9 episodes, 1975 - 1976 written by - 1 episode, 1975
Star Trek 1969 TV Series written by - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I'll Do Anything 1994 performer: "THE SONG THAT DOESN'T END"
Shoeflies 1965 Short performer: "I'm Polishing My Shoes"
Poor Little Witch Girl 1965 Short performer: "Looka Me"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1960-1961 TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lamb Chop's Chanukah and Passover Surprise 1996 TV Movie producer
Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah 1995 TV Movie chief executive producer
Lamb Chop and the Haunted Studio 1994 TV Movie executive producer
Lamb Chop's Play-Along 1992 TV Series executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997 special thanks
The Funhouse 1981 dummy courtesy of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Harlow Hickenlooper 2010 Video documentary Herself
Television's Greatest Hits 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1998 TV Special Herself (Memoriam)
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1997 TV Movie Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1996 TV Movie Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996 TV Series Herself
Kids for Character 1996 Video Herself
Belly Talkers 1996 Documentary Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1995 TV Movie Herself
Music City Tonight 1995 TV Series Herself
Biography 1994 TV Series documentary Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1994 TV Special Herself
The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
Vicki! 1994 TV Series Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1993 TV Movie Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1992 TV Movie Herself
One on One with John Tesh 1992 TV Series Herself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987 TV Special documentary Herself
The New Hollywood Squares 1986 TV Series Herself - Panelist
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1986 TV Special Herself
Star's Table 1986 TV Series Herself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary Herself
The 3rd Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards 1986 TV Special Herself
Breakaway 1983 TV Series Herself
Save the Cable Cars Telethon 1982 TV Movie Herself
The Val Doonican Music Show 1980-1982 TV Series Herself
The Regis Philbin Show 1982 TV Series Herself
Christmas Concert 1981 TV Movie documentary Herself
The John Davidson Show 1981 TV Series Herself - Ventriloquist
The Alan Thicke Show 1981 TV Series Herself
Definition 1978 TV Series Herself
America 2-Night 1978 TV Series Herself
The Vent Event 1978 TV Movie Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1963-1977 TV Series Herself - Puppeteer / Herself - Co-Host / Herself / ...
Break the Bank 1976 TV Series Herself
Dinah! 1975-1976 TV Series Herself
The Shari Show 1975-1976 TV Series Herself - Hostess / Various Roles
Showoffs 1975 TV Series Herself
Tattletales 1975 TV Series Herself
The David Nixon Show 1974 TV Series Herself - Guest
Tony Orlando and Dawn 1974 TV Series Herself
A Picture of Us 1973 TV Movie Herself - Host
Dinah's Place 1973 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1973 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Nana Mouskouri 1973 TV Series Herself
The Mouse Factory 1972-1973 TV Series Herself
Saturday Variety 1972 TV Series Herself
It's Lulu 1971 TV Series Herself
Maggie's Place 1970 TV Series Herself
Playboy After Dark 1969-1970 TV Series Herself
Della 1969-1970 TV Series Herself
The Val Doonican Show 1970 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Herself
The Royal Variety Performance 1969 1969 TV Special Herself (as Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop)
Decidedly Dusty 1969 TV Series Herself
The John Gary Show 1968 TV Series Herself
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show 1968 TV Series Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1968 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Squares 1966-1968 TV Series Herself - Panelist
The Kraft Music Hall 1968 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Palace 1967-1968 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer / Ventriloquist
The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1968 TV Series Herself
Dream Girl of '67 1967 TV Series Herself - Fashion Hostess
P.D.Q. 1967 TV Series Herself
The Milton Berle Show 1966 TV Series Herself
Hippodrome 1966 TV Series Herself - Puppeteer
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1966 TV Series Herself
The Dean Martin Show 1965-1966 TV Series Herself
Fanfare 1965 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1960-1965 TV Series Herself - Puppeteer / Herself - Ventriloquist
The Match Game 1963-1964 TV Series Herself - Team Captain
The Danny Kaye Show 1964 TV Series Herself / Herself - Ventriloquist
On Broadway Tonight 1964 TV Series Herself
Get the Message 1964 TV Series Herself
The Celebrity Game 1964 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Panelist
Missing Links 1964 TV Series Herself - Panelist
The Arthur Godfrey Thanksgiving Special 1963 TV Movie Herself
The Shari Lewis Show 1960-1963 TV Series Herself - Hostess
Arthur Godfrey Loves Animals 1963 TV Movie Herself
The Jack Benny Program 1962 TV Series Herself
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Herself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1960-1961 TV Series Herself - Ventriloquist
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1960 TV Series Herself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1959-1960 TV Series Herself
Person to Person 1959 TV Series documentary Herself
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams 1959 TV Series Herself
The Garry Moore Show 1959 TV Series Herself
The Arthur Murray Party 1958-1959 TV Series Herself
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show 1958-1959 TV Series Herself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1958 TV Series Herself
Hi Mom 1957 TV Series Herself
Captain Kangaroo 1956-1957 TV Series Herself
Shariland 1956 TV Series Herself
Kartoon Klub 1953 TV Series Herself
Facts n' Fun 1953 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Best of the Royal Variety 2006 TV Series
Corrina, Corrina 1994 Herself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series The Charlie Horse Music Pizza (1998)
1998 Lucy Award Women in Film Lucy Awards The award was given posthumously and accepted by Shari Lewis' daughter Mallory Tarcher.
1996 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)
1995 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)
1994 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)
1993 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)
1993 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) · Bernard Rothman (series writer)
· Aubrey Tadman (series writer)
· Mallory Tarcher (series writer)
· Ken Steele (series writer)
· Lan O'Kun (series writer)
1992 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)
1976 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 18 August 1976. At 6743 Hollywood Blvd.
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming - Informational/Factual A Picture of Us (1973)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) · Jon Slan (executive producer)
· Richard Borchiver (executive producer)
· Bernard Rothman (producer)
1996 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) · Mallory Tarcher
· Aubrey Tadman
· Ken Steele
· Tibby Rothman
· Lan O'Kun
· Bernard Rothman
1995 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Program Lamb Chop and the Haunted Studio (1994) · Jon Slan (executive producer)
· Richard Borchiver (co-executive producer)
· Bernard Rothman (producer)
· Jack McAdam (co-producer)
1995 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) · Lan O'Kun
· Aubrey Tadman
· Mallory Tarcher
· Ken Steele
· Bernard Rothman
1995 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) · Jon Slan (executive producer)
· Bernard Rothman (producer)
· Richard Borchiver (co-executive producer)
1994 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) · Richard Borchiver (executive producer)
· Jon Slan (executive producer)
· Bernard Rothman (producer)
1994 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) · Kimberley Wells
· Bernard Rothman
· Lan O'Kun
· Tibby Rothman
· Aubrey Tadman
· Mallory Tarcher
· Ken Steele
· Michael Lyons
· Jeremy Tarcher
· Steve Edelman
1992 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) · Bernard Rothman
1992 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Series Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) · Jon Slan (executive producer)
· Richard Borchiver (co-executive producer)
· Bernard Rothman (producer)


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#Quote
1 All fantasy is about exploring facets of your personality that aren't surface, facets not dealt with in everyday life. When you deal with a puppet, you're allowing a sub-personality to emerge and create itself. You don't create it; it does what it wants to do. You know how you hear writers say the character takes over? Well, if the puppet doesn't take over, the puppet isn't worth doodley-squat!
2 I don't contemplate these things. I'm very intuitive and instinctive about what I do. There's a story about a man with a long beard. Somebody asked him one day: "Do you sleep with your beard outside of the blanket or under the blanket?" and from that moment on he didn't sleep! He kept watching where his beard was. What I do works and I'm not analytic. (on the enduring appeal of Lambchop)


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