Smiley Derleth

Smiley Derleth

Posted on 05/29/2014


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Who doesn't love Shari Lewis?

Who doesn't love Shari Lewis?
A Wonder Book from 1961.
Art by Ruth Wood.

from wikipedia -

Shari Lewis was born as Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz to Abraham Hurwitz, an education professor at Yeshiva University, and Ann Ritz. She had one sister. Her parents encouraged her to perform, and her father, who had been named New York City's "official magician" by Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia during the Great Depression, taught her to perform specialized magic acts by age 13. She also received instruction in acrobatics, juggling, ice skating, baton twirling, piano and violin. 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, then left college to go into show business.

In 1952, Lewis and her puppetry won first prize on the CBS television series Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. Lewis then hosted several New York children's series over the balance of the decade.

NBC gave Lewis her first network program – The Shari Lewis Show, which made its debut on October 1, 1960, replacing The Howdy Doody Show. The show ran until September 28, 1963, and featured such characters as Hush Puppy, Charlie Horse, Lamb Chop, and Wing Ding, a black crow. Lamb Chop, who was little more than a sock with eyes, served as a sassy alter-ego for Lewis. Hush Puppy had a Southern accent and a reserved shy personality, while Charlie Horse was a slow-witted goofy character. Guest TV and movie personalities and even occasional stars often appeared on her show, as they did later on Jim Henson's Muppets series.

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Smiley Derleth
Smiley Derleth
Thanks, Tabea-Marie. :) Shari was a good ventriloquist, and her characters were sweetly humorous.

Here's a little sample from the period I remember her best -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2b4vUZ7wR4
3 years ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
I do not know Shary Lewis... she must have been a fascinating lady... I love this book cover !
3 years ago.
Smiley Derleth
Smiley Derleth
Thank you, nylonbleu!
3 years ago.