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Phyllis Naomi Hurwitz (January 17, 1933 – August 2, 1998), better known as Shari Lewis, was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, singer, children's entertainer, comedian and TV show host.

She was best known as the original puppeteer and voice of the sock puppet Lamb Chop, which first appeared on Captain Kangaroo in March 1956. The character gained further popularity with The Shari Lewis Show and got its own children's show in 1992, Lamb Chop's Play-Along. Other characters she created and used in her shows included Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy.

Shari passed away on August 2, 1998, after developing viral pneumonia, while undergoing chemotherapy for uterine cancer, putting an abrupt end to the Lamb Chop's Play Along spinoff show Charlie Horse Music Pizza. Her daughter Mallory Lewis (née Tarcher) reprised the puppeteering and voicing of Lamb Chop in live shows, festivals and some TV appearances afterwards.

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