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Shari Lewis
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Lewis with Lamb Chop at Larry King's birthday party in 1993
Phyllis Naomi Hurwitz

(1933-01-17)January 17, 1933
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Died August 2, 1998(1998-08-02) (aged 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Ventriloquist
  • puppeteer,
  • author
  • children's television show host
  • singer
Years active 1952–1998
Spouse(s) Stan Lewis
Jeremy Tarcher
Children Mallory Tarcher

Phyllis Naomi Hurwitz (January 17, 1933 – August 2, 1998), better known as Shari Lewis, was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, children's entertainer and television show host. She was best known as the original puppeteer of the sock puppet Lamb Chop, first appearing on Captain Kangaroo in March 1956 and then Hi Mom, a local morning television show that aired on WRCA-TV (now WNBC-TV) in New York City.

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