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"I once asked Mr. Rogers for his autograph."

- as Lamb Chop

SHARI LEWIS

When asked by TV Guide to supply an item for a celebrity recipes issue, Shari Lewis submitted a recipe for lamb chops.

Shari Lewis (January 17th, 1933 - August 2nd, 1988) was best known as a ventriloquist, and her puppet characters, Charlie Horse, Hush Puppy and her most famous, Lamb Chop.

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, iceskating, baton twirling, violin and piano. She was taught ventriloquism by John W. Cooper.

Lewis 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.

Lewis was an accomplished symphony conductor and received a honorary doctorate from the Hofstra University School of Education on May 16th, 1993.

Shari Lewis hosted her first kids TV shows "Facts N'Fun", on WNBT TV Ch. 4, New York City in 1953. She would do many more children's programs over the length of her carreer, winning an EMMY for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming in 1973 for A Picture of Us.

Guest starred twice on the TV Series, Car 54, Where Are You? Puncher & Judy (1963) and How High Is Up? (1962) and on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as Janet Jerrod in The Off-Broadway Affair (1966).

Lewis co-wrote "The Lights of Zetar" episode of Star Trek (1966) with her husband, Jeremy Tarcher, and hoped to be cast as the female guest star. The part went to Jan Shutan.

She made two appearances on Love, American Style, Love and the Dummies (1969) and Love and the Alibi (1972), was the voice of Princess Nidor on The Banana Splits Adventure Hour and provided the voice of Lamb Chop in an episode of Cybill (1997).

Lewis's daughter, Mallory Tarcher, after her mother's death in 1998 took the advice of family friend Dom DeLuise and decided that Lamb Chop should live on for her many fans and began performing with puppet. Upon relaunching Lamb Chop's career, Mallory legally changed her surname to Lewis to honor her mother.

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