Shari Lewis, the perky strawberry blond ventriloquist, puppeteer, singer and dancer, graced the television screen and nightclub stage for four decades, accompanied by her lovable sock puppet Lamb Chop.
The 5-foot, 98-pound overachiever amassed a dozen Emmys, a Peabody Award, the John F. Kennedy Center Award for Excellence and Creativity, seven Parents' Choice Awards, the Action for Children's Television Award, and in 1995 the new Rommie award for her CD-ROM "Lamb Chop Loves Music."
Lewis wrote more than 60 children's books and created 24 home videos, including "101 Things for Kids to Do," which won many awards. A consummate musician, she played violin and piano and conducted major orchestras, including the National Symphony in Washington and the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Although Lewis manipulated dozens of puppets, her original Lamb Chop was the most enduring and endearing and became the trademark and alter ego of its creator. Next most famous were Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy.