Shari Lewis with Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse
& Hush Puppy
Shari was born Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz in New York City on January 17, 1933. She was taught ventriloquism at a young age, and by the early 1950s, she was named a winner on the TV show Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts for her puppetry.
After developing the sock puppet character "Lamb Chop," Lewis became famous. Lamb Chop, a curious sheep, debuted in the late 1950s—along with several other puppet ch...aracters including "Charlie Horse" and "Hush Puppy"—on the program Hi Mom, which aired on WRCA-TV.
In 1960, Lewis was offered her own show by NBC, The Shari Lewis Show. The show eventually transformed into Lamb Chop's Play-Along, which aired on PBS from 1992 to 1997, and received several Emmy Awards.
In 1998, she developed and starred in the series, Charlie Horse's Music Pizza, on PBS, which costarred Dom DeLuise.
Shari Lewis died in Los Angeles, California, on August 2, 1998.