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Shari Lewis (real name Shari Hurwitz) was a popular puppeteer on the local New York television variety show circuit before NBC introduced her to the rest of the world.
Her series, like many children’s shows of the time, taught kids valuable lessons while simultaneously entertaining them and warming their hearts.
The popularity of the show came partly from the appeal of Shari’s puppets – Hush Puppy, Charlie Horse, and of course the beloved Lamb Chop.
But Shari herself had a certain appeal as well, for both kids and adults perceived her as a cute, bubbly, and very non-threatening lady.
Lewis, one of the few female puppeteers to have her own show, was not only an adept ventriloquist but was also able to imbue her puppets with a truly lovable quality that kids found irresistible.
Eventually, she went on to win twelve Emmys and the prestigious Peabody award for her work in children’s programming.
Other guests on the show were her large dog, Jump Pup, and her next-door neighbour, Mr Goodfellow.
Lewis would return to TV in the 1970s with The Shari Show, and again in the ’90s with the very successful Lamb Chop’s Play-Along and The Charlie Horse Music Pizza.
Shari passed away from cancer in 1998, aged 65.