Shari Lewis (born, Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz) was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, and children's television show host, most popular during the 1960s and 1990s. She was best known as the original puppeteer of Lamb Chop, first appearing on Hi Mom, a local morning show that aired on WRCA-TV (now WNBC-TV) in New York City. She died in 1998 at age 65 from complications due to breast cancer.
Shari Lewis -Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz 17Jan 1933 – 2 Aug,1998 ventriloquist, puppeteer, kids TV show host, popular in 60s and 90s. Best known as original puppeteer of Lamb Chop. Died of pneumonia while being treated for uterine cancer.