You are here

Share Share Share Share Share Share Share
Blog:
Jewesses with Attitude

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 December 18, 2014) <http://jwa.org/blog/remembering-shari-lewis>.

Donate

Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Sign Up for JWA eNews

 

Poll

Which topics pique your interest on the JWA blog?

Twitter

12 hr
The road to women’s lib has not been a straight line, but like the corset a series of broad, bumpy, and slight twists http://t.co/GoiGBOEQ4e
18 hr
Today in 1993, Judith Rodin was elected the 1st permanent female president of an Ivy League inst. at U Penn http://t.co/cOcJ7SOkrc @upenn
1 day
Today in 1989, Lesléa Newman published the groundbreaking children’s book, "Heather Has Two Mommies" http://t.co/AGUKdp1TJt