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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 17 January 1933New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 2 August 1998Los Angeles, California, USA  (uterine cancer)
Birth NamePhyllis Naomi Hurwitz
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Shari Lewis was born on January 17, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA as Phyllis Naomi Hurwitz. She was an actress and writer, known for The Shari Lewis Show (1960), The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) and A Picture of Us (1973). She was married to Jeremy Tarcher and Stan Lewis. She died on August 2, 1998 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Jeremy Tarcher (15 March 1958 - 2 August 1998) (her death) (1 child)
Stan Lewis (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (25)

Ventriloquist, best known for characters such as Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse, and Hush Puppy.
Her husband, Jeremy Tarcher, is the brother of Judith Krantz.
Daughter, with Jeremy Tarcher, Mallory Tarcher.
Parents: Abraham (d. 1981) and Ann Hurwitz (d. 1993).
Siblings: Barbara Hurwitz O'Kun (younger sister by nine years).
Brother-in-law/long time friend of Shari's: Lan O'Kun (Barbara's husband).
Son-in-law: Brad Hood (Mallory's husband).
Co-wrote the Star Trek (1966) episode, Star Trek: The Lights of Zetar (1969), with her husband Jeremy Tarcher, and hoped to be cast as the female guest star. The part of Lieutenant Mira Romaine went to Jan Shutan.
Shari Lewis hosted her first kids TV shows "Facts N'Fun", "Kartoon Klub"/"Shari & Her Friends", "Shariland" and "Hi Mom"/"Family" on WNBT/WRCA Ch. 4 and on WPIX TV Ch. 11 in NYC. "Facts N'Fun" was seen Sunday afternoons on WNBT TV Ch. 4 in NYC from Sunday July 5, 1953 to Sunday September 26, 1953. "Kartoon Klub"/"Shari & Her Friends" Monday to Saturday evenings on WPIX TV Ch. 11 in NYC from Tuesday July 6, 1954 to Saturday December 22, 1956. "Shariland" was seen first on WPIX TV Ch. 11 in NYC on Saturday Evenings from Saturday October 13, 1956 to Saturday December 22, 1956 and later on WRCA TV Ch. 4 in NYC Saturday mornings from Saturday August 16, 1957 to Saturday August 16, 1958. "Hi Mom"/"Family" was seen weekday mornings on WRCA TV Ch. 4 in NYC from Thursday August 15, 1957 to Friday March 20, 1959.
Daughter, Mallory Tarcher, was a writer on Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) and The Charlie Horse Music Pizza (1998).
When asked by TV Guide to supply an item for a celebrity recipes issue, submitted a recipe for lamb chops.
Was an accomplished symphony conductor.
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 359-360. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Sister-in-law of Steve Krantz.
Received a honorary doctorate from the Hofstra University School of Education on May 16, 1993.
Her parents encouraged her to perform and, by the age of 13, her father taught her to perform specialized magic tricks. She also received instructions in acrobatics, juggling, ices-skating, baton twirling, violin and piano. She was taught ventriloquism by John W. Cooper. She continued piano and violin at New York's High School of Music and Art, dance at the American School of Ballet and acting with Sanford Meisner of the Neighborhood Playhouse. She attended Barnard College for one year but left college to go into show business.
Release of her book, "One-Minute Christmas Stories". [1987]
Release of her book, "One-Minute Animal Stories". [1986]
Release of her book, "Toy-Store-in-a-Book". [1979]
Release of her book, "Making Easy Puppets". [1967]
Release of her book, "Shari Lewis Presents 101 Games and Songs for Kids to Play and Sing". [1993]
Release of her book, "Spooky Stuff". [1979]
Release of her book, "Folding Paper Toys" by Shari with Lillian Oppenheimer. [1993]
Release of her book, "Shari Lewis Presents 101 Things for Kids to Do". [1987]

Personal Quotes (2)

I don't contemplate these things. I'm very intuitive and instinctive about what I do. There's a story about a man with a long beard. Somebody asked him one day: "Do you sleep with your beard outside of the blanket or under the blanket?" and from that moment on he didn't sleep! He kept watching where his beard was. What I do works and I'm not analytic. (on the enduring appeal of Lambchop)
All fantasy is about exploring facets of your personality that aren't surface, facets not dealt with in everyday life. When you deal with a puppet, you're allowing a sub-personality to emerge and create itself. You don't create it; it does what it wants to do. You know how you hear writers say the character takes over? Well, if the puppet doesn't take over, the puppet isn't worth doodley-squat!

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