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Shari Lewis

Biography

Children’s puppeteer and cheerful Television character whose character’s, Lamb Chop and Charlie Equine, became popular in the 1960s and 1990s. She was been trained in acrobatics, juggling, ventriloquism, baton twirling, piano, violin and snow skating. She guest-starred in American Style and Car 54. She wedded second spouse Jeremy Tarcher in 1958, as well as the few had a girl called Mallory. She got a guest efficiency with Light Chop on it series The Nanny, starring Fran Drescher.

Quick Facts


Full Name Shari Lewis
Date Of Birth January 17, 1933
Died August 2, 1998, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth The Bronx, NY
Height 1.52 m
Profession Puppeteer
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
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
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Release of her book, "Shari Lewis Presents 101 Things for Kids to Do". [1987]
2Release of her book, "Folding Paper Toys" by Shari with Lillian Oppenheimer. [1993]
3Release of her book, "Spooky Stuff". [1979]
4Release of her book, "Shari Lewis Presents 101 Games and Songs for Kids to Play and Sing". [1993]
5Release of her book, "Making Easy Puppets". [1967]
6Release of her book, "Toy-Store-in-a-Book". [1979]
7Release of her book, "One-Minute Animal Stories". [1986]
8Release of her book, "One-Minute Christmas Stories". [1987]
9Her 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.
10Aunt of Tony Krantz and Nicholas Krantz.
11Received a honorary doctorate from the Hofstra University School of Education on May 16, 1993.
12Sister-in-law of Steve Krantz.
13Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 359-360. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
14Was an accomplished symphony conductor.
15When asked by TV Guide to supply an item for a celebrity recipes issue, submitted a recipe for lamb chops.
16Daughter, Mallory Tarcher, was a writer on Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) and The Charlie Horse Music Pizza (1998).
17Shari 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.
18Co-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.
19Son-in-law: Brad Hood (Mallory's husband).
20Brother-in-law/long time friend of Shari's: Lan O'Kun (Barbara's husband).
21Siblings: Barbara Hurwitz O'Kun (younger sister by nine years).
22Parents: Abraham (d. 1981) and Ann Hurwitz (d. 1993).
23Daughter, with Jeremy Tarcher, Mallory Tarcher.
24Her husband, Jeremy Tarcher, is the brother of Judith Krantz.
25Ventriloquist, best known for characters such as Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse, and Hush Puppy.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Potions and Notions1966ShortHoney Halfwitch (voice, uncredited)
Throne for a Loss1966ShortHoney Halfwitch / Cousin Maggie / Woman (voice, uncredited)
The Defiant Giant1966ShortHoney Halfwitch (voice, uncredited)
The Rocket Racket1966ShortHoney Halfwitch (voice, uncredited)
Trick or Cheat1966ShortHoney Halfwitch (voice, uncredited)
Baggin' the Dragon1966ShortHoney Halfwitch / Cousin Maggie (voice, uncredited)
From Nags to Witches1966ShortHoney Halfwitch (voice, uncredited)
Shoeflies1965ShortHoney Halfwitch / Cousin Maggie / Teeny Meanie (voice, uncredited)
Poor Little Witch Girl1965ShortHalfwitch / Cousin Maggie (voice, uncredited)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesLois
Car 54, Where Are You?1962-1963TV SeriesJudy / Melinda Walsh
The United States Steel Hour1960-1961TV SeriesDulie Hudson
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1959TV Series
Wrongfully Accused1998Lambchop (voice, uncredited)
The Charlie Horse Music Pizza1998TV SeriesShari Lambchop Hush Puppy ...
Cybill1997TV SeriesLamb Chop
Lamb Chop's Chanukah and Passover Surprise1996TV MovieShari Lamb Chop Charlie Horse ... (voice)
Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah1995TV MovieShari Lamb Chop Charlie Horse ... (voice)
The Nanny1995TV SeriesShari Lewis
Lamb Chop and the Haunted Studio1994TV MovieShari
Lamb Chop's Play-Along1992-1993TV SeriesHost, Lamb Chop, Hush Puppy, Charlie Horse Host Lamb Chop ...
Tony Orlando and Dawn1974TV Series
NBC Children's Theatre1973TV Series
Love, American Style1969-1972TV SeriesSue (segment "Love and the Alibi") / Diane (segment "Love and the Dummies")
The Other Reg Varney1970TV MovieVarious Characters
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour1969TV SeriesPrincess Nidor
Arabian Knights1968TV SeriesPrincess Nida (voice)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1966TV SeriesJanet Jerrod
A Wedding Knight1966ShortGwendolyn (voice, uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Shari ShowTV Series creator - 9 episodes, 1975 - 1976 developer - 9 episodes, 1975 - 1976 written by - 1 episode, 1975
Star Trek1969TV Series written by - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I'll Do Anything1994performer: "THE SONG THAT DOESN'T END"
Shoeflies1965Short performer: "I'm Polishing My Shoes"
Poor Little Witch Girl1965Short performer: "Looka Me"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1960-1961TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lamb Chop's Chanukah and Passover Surprise1996TV Movie producer
Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah1995TV Movie chief executive producer
Lamb Chop and the Haunted Studio1994TV Movie executive producer
Lamb Chop's Play-Along1992TV Series executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery1997special thanks
The Funhouse1981dummy courtesy of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Harlow Hickenlooper2010Video documentaryHerself
Television's Greatest Hits1999TV Series documentaryHerself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself (Memoriam)
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1997TV MovieHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1996TV MovieHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesHerself
Kids for Character1996VideoHerself
Belly Talkers1996DocumentaryHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1995TV MovieHerself
Music City Tonight1995TV SeriesHerself
Biography1994TV Series documentaryHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1994TV SpecialHerself
The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
Vicki!1994TV SeriesHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1993TV MovieHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1992TV MovieHerself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1986TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHerself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHerself
The 3rd Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards1986TV SpecialHerself
Breakaway1983TV SeriesHerself
Save the Cable Cars Telethon1982TV MovieHerself
The Val Doonican Music Show1980-1982TV SeriesHerself
The Regis Philbin Show1982TV SeriesHerself
Christmas Concert1981TV Movie documentaryHerself
The John Davidson Show1981TV SeriesHerself - Ventriloquist
The Alan Thicke Show1981TV SeriesHerself
Definition1978TV SeriesHerself
America 2-Night1978TV SeriesHerself
The Vent Event1978TV MovieHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1963-1977TV SeriesHerself - Puppeteer / Herself - Co-Host / Herself / ...
Break the Bank1976TV SeriesHerself
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHerself
The Shari Show1975-1976TV SeriesHerself - Hostess / Various Roles
Showoffs1975TV SeriesHerself
Tattletales1975TV SeriesHerself
The David Nixon Show1974TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Tony Orlando and Dawn1974TV SeriesHerself
A Picture of Us1973TV MovieHerself - Host
Dinah's Place1973TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1973TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Nana Mouskouri1973TV SeriesHerself
The Mouse Factory1972-1973TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Variety1972TV SeriesHerself
It's Lulu1971TV SeriesHerself
Maggie's Place1970TV SeriesHerself
Playboy After Dark1969-1970TV SeriesHerself
Della1969-1970TV SeriesHerself
The Val Doonican Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The Royal Variety Performance 19691969TV SpecialHerself (as Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop)
Decidedly Dusty1969TV SeriesHerself
The John Gary Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1966-1968TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Kraft Music Hall1968TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Palace1967-1968TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Singer / Ventriloquist
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1968TV SeriesHerself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHerself - Fashion Hostess
P.D.Q.1967TV SeriesHerself
The Milton Berle Show1966TV SeriesHerself
Hippodrome1966TV SeriesHerself - Puppeteer
The Eamonn Andrews Show1966TV SeriesHerself
The Dean Martin Show1965-1966TV SeriesHerself
Fanfare1965TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1960-1965TV SeriesHerself - Puppeteer / Herself - Ventriloquist
The Match Game1963-1964TV SeriesHerself - Team Captain
The Danny Kaye Show1964TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Ventriloquist
On Broadway Tonight1964TV SeriesHerself
Get the Message1964TV SeriesHerself
The Celebrity Game1964TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Panelist
Missing Links1964TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Arthur Godfrey Thanksgiving Special1963TV MovieHerself
The Shari Lewis Show1960-1963TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
Arthur Godfrey Loves Animals1963TV MovieHerself
The Jack Benny Program1962TV SeriesHerself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1960-1961TV SeriesHerself - Ventriloquist
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960TV SeriesHerself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1959-1960TV SeriesHerself
Person to Person1959TV Series documentaryHerself
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams1959TV SeriesHerself
The Garry Moore Show1959TV SeriesHerself
The Arthur Murray Party1958-1959TV SeriesHerself
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show1958-1959TV SeriesHerself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1958TV SeriesHerself
Hi Mom1957TV SeriesHerself
Captain Kangaroo1956-1957TV SeriesHerself
Shariland1956TV SeriesHerself
Kartoon Klub1953TV SeriesHerself
Facts n' Fun1953TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Best of the Royal Variety2006TV Series
Corrina, Corrina1994Herself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesThe Charlie Horse Music Pizza (1998)
1998Lucy AwardWomen in Film Lucy AwardsThe award was given posthumously and accepted by Shari Lewis' daughter Mallory Tarcher.
1996Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesLamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)
1995Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesLamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)
1994Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesLamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)
1993Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesLamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)
1993Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Children's SeriesLamb 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)
1992Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesLamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)
1976Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 18 August 1976. At 6743 Hollywood Blvd.
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Children's Programming - Informational/FactualA Picture of Us (1973)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Pre-School Children's SeriesLamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)· Jon Slan (executive producer)
· Richard Borchiver (executive producer)
· Bernard Rothman (producer)
1996Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Children's SeriesLamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)· Mallory Tarcher
· Aubrey Tadman
· Ken Steele
· Tibby Rothman
· Lan O'Kun
· Bernard Rothman
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's ProgramLamb Chop and the Haunted Studio (1994)· Jon Slan (executive producer)
· Richard Borchiver (co-executive producer)
· Bernard Rothman (producer)
· Jack McAdam (co-producer)
1995Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Children's SeriesLamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)· Lan O'Kun
· Aubrey Tadman
· Mallory Tarcher
· Ken Steele
· Bernard Rothman
1995Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Pre-School Children's SeriesLamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)· Jon Slan (executive producer)
· Bernard Rothman (producer)
· Richard Borchiver (co-executive producer)
1994Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's SeriesLamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)· Richard Borchiver (executive producer)
· Jon Slan (executive producer)
· Bernard Rothman (producer)
1994Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Children's SeriesLamb 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
1992Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Children's SeriesLamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)· Bernard Rothman
1992Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's SeriesLamb Chop's Play-Along (1992)· Jon Slan (executive producer)
· Richard Borchiver (co-executive producer)
· Bernard Rothman (producer)


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#Quote
1All 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!
2I 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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