Shari Lewis

Puppeteer, Actor, Dancer
Children's television favorite Shari Lewis got her biggest break in 1957, when she debuted her puppet alter ego Lamb Chop on CBS' "Captain Kangaroo". Before that, the sprightly, energetic Lewis was the host of local ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1933 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

The Charlie Horse Music Pizza 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Cybill 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lamb Chop's Play-Along 1991 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Shari's Passover Surprise 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Belly Talkers 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Great American Music: A Salute to Fast Cars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Lamb Chop in the Haunted Studio 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Lamb Chop in the Haunted Studio 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Lamb Chop in the Land of No Numbers 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Count on Me 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American Healthy Kids Quiz 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Thanksgiving Day Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Captain Kangaroo 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shari Lewis Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour 1968 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Car 54, Where Are You? 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

("The Song That Doesn't End") (Song Performer)

Biography

Children's television favorite Shari Lewis got her biggest break in 1957, when she debuted her puppet alter ego Lamb Chop on CBS' "Captain Kangaroo". Before that, the sprightly, energetic Lewis was the host of local children's programs in the New York area. Among these were "Facts 'n' Fun" on WNBT-TV (1953), "Shari and Her Friends" on WPIX-TV (1954) and 1957's "Shariland" on WRCA-TV. Red-haired pixieish Shari Lewis was born Shari Hurwitz in New York City to a magician father and musical mother. By the age of two, she was studying piano and pulling rabbits out of hats. Growing up in New York, Lewis attended the city's famed High School of Music and Art where she studied music theory and orchestration as well as piano and violin. She also attended New York's Columbia University, and studied dance at the School of American Ballet and acting with Sanford Meisner of the Neighborhood Playhouse. Lewis learned early on of her talent for ventriloquism and won on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" in 1952 which led to her many children's television projects. In 1960, she created "The Shari Lewis Show" (NBC), the first show to feature her most beloved puppets Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy. The show aired until 1963, when the increasing popularity of animated children's fare pushed it off the air.

Relationships

Abraham Hurwitz

Father
official magician of the New York City Parks Department

Ann Hurwitz

Mother
music coordinator for the New York City Board of Education

Stan Lewis

Husband
briefly married in the 1950s divorced

Barbara Okun

Sister
survived her

Jeremy Tarcher

Husband
married on March 15, 1958 survived her

Mallory Tarcher

Daughter
born c. 1962 survived her

EDUCATION

School of American Ballet

New York , New York

Columbia University

New York , New York 1951

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
studied under Sanford Meisner

High School of Music and Art

New York , New York 1949

Milestones

1998

Last show "The Charlie Horse Music Pizza" premiered on PBS

1997

Hosted the PBS holiday special "Shari's Passover Surprise"

1996

Was a guest on the PBS special "Kathie Lee Gifford's Lullabies for Little Ones"

1996

Appeared as herself in an episode of the CBS comedy "Cybill"

1995

Appeared as herself in an episode of the CBS comedy "The Nanny"

1995

Hosted the holiday special "Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah" (PBS) and the math education special "Lamb Chop in the Land of No Numbers" (PBS)

1994

Appeared on NBC's telecast of "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade"

1986

Appeared on various television specials including "Television Academy Hall of Fame", "The 38th Annual Emmy Awards" and "NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration"

1975

Hosted "The Shari Lewis Show", a syndicated program set at a puppet-run television station

1957

Hosted an hour long informational series for young mothers entitled "Hi, Mom"(NBC)

1957

Introduced Lamb Chop on "The Captain Kangaroo Show" (CBS)

1957

Starred in the local children's series "Shariland" on WRCA-TV in New York

1954

Starred in the local children's series "Shari and Her Friends" on WPIX-TV in New York

1953

Starred in the local children's series "Facts 'n' Fun" on WNBT-TV in New York

1952

Won "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts"(CBS)

1935

At age two, began studying piano and learned her first magic trick (date approximate)

Hosted a Sunday evening BBC program

Returned to children's television with "Lamb Chop's Play-Along" (PBS)

Hosted "The Shari Lewis Show" on NBC, a children's show featuring puppets Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy

Wrote an episode of NBC's "Star Trek" with husband Jeremy Tarcher entitled "The Lights of Zatar"

Performed Las Vegas nightclub acts with Donald O'Connor

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