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Remembering Shari Lewis

Today in 1998, children's television favorite Shari Lewis, a puppeteer who created the characters Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse, passed away at the age of 64 from cancer. Shari Lewis' tv shows including Shari-Land, The Shari Show, Lamb Chop's Play-Along and The Charlie Horse Music Pizza pioneered the use of participation in educational children's tv programming.

In 1993, Shari Lewis testified in Congressional hearings on the Children's Television Act. At the hearings, Lewis not only spoke herself, but also brought along the puppet Lamb Chop, who gave an impassioned speech about the need for government regulation of children's programming. Learn more about Shari Lewis in Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia.

Today we remember her, her legacy of quality children's programming, and her colorful characters--on Youtube of course!

How to cite this page

Berkenwald, Leah. "Remembering Shari Lewis ." 2 August 2011. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on September 4, 2015) <http://jwa.org/blog/remembering-shari-lewis>.

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