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Shari Lewis

Shari Lewis won twelve Emmy awards for her children’s programming which featured puppets on variety shows and children’s shows, including Lamb Chop’s Play-Along. Lewis began piano lessons at age two and studied music, dance, and ventriloquism before quitting college to become a performer. In 1952, she won first prize on CBS’s Talent Scouts for her puppetry, bringing her puppet Lamb Chop to her 1956 appearance on Captain Kangaroo before beginning the Shari Lewis Show in 1960, which ran for three years. She then moved to conducting orchestras and performing in national and summer stock theater productions. In 1968, she began a TV series on the BBC that ran for eight years. In 1992, she began Lamb Chop’s Play-Along on PBS, which focused on situations that affect children, such as not being invited to a party, and offering chances for interaction where children are invited to fill in missing words or mimic sounds. Lewis earned some of the industry’s highest honors, including a Peabody Award, the Kennedy Center’s Award for Excellence, and the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence.

Topics: Television, Music, Dance

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Puppeteer and producer Shari Lewis with Lamb Chop and Charley Horse in a publicity photo from October, 1957.

Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

Date of Death

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Shari Lewis." (Viewed on December 15, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/lewis-shari>.


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