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  • Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop: The Team That Changed Children's Television
  • Nat Segaloff and Mallory Lewis
    foreword by David Copperfield
  • 2022
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  • Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
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For almost half a century, celebrated ventriloquist and entertainer Shari Lewis (1933–1998) delighted generations of children and adults with the help of her trusted sock puppet sidekick, Lamb Chop. For decades, the beloved pair were synonymous with children's television, educating and entrancing their young audience with their symbiotic personalities and their proclivity for song, dance, and the joy of silliness.

But as iconic as their television personas are, relatively little inside knowledge has been revealed about Lewis herself and the life-changing moments that led her to the entertainment industry, and perhaps most importantly, to Lamb Chop.

Renowned as a performer, Lewis was equally accomplished in business. Operating in an era when women were largely left out of the conversation, she was one of the few women to run her own television production company. Whether it was singing, dancing, conducting, writing, drawing, or ventriloquism—a skill in which she was virtually unmatched—Lewis spent the entirety of her sixty-five years in pursuit of performative perfection. Constantly innovating and adapting to the needs of her audience and the market, Lewis extended the longevity of her career decade after decade. Her contributions—particularly the creation of Lamb Chop and her puppet pals—forever changed the history of children's television.

Now, long after Lewis and Lamb Chop graced television with their final performance, Lewis's daughter, Mallory, and author Nat Segaloff have set the record straight about the iconic pair in Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop: The Team That Changed Children's Television. In this seminal biography, the authors pull the veritable wool from the eyes of audiences who adore the legendary entertainer to examine the joys, sorrows, triumphs, and sheer hard work that gave Lewis and Lamb Chop their enduring star power.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Letter to Reader
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. 1. Born in a Magician's Trunk
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2. A Lucky Break
  2. pp. 11-19
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  1. 3. Becoming Lewis
  2. pp. 20-27
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  1. 4. Shari Had a Little Lamb
  2. pp. 28-38
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  1. 5. A Show of Her Own
  2. pp. 39-45
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  1. 6. Rising Stars
  2. pp. 46-57
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  1. 7. Home and Office
  2. pp. 58-65
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  1. 8. On the Road
  2. pp. 66-74
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  1. 9. Doody's Revenge
  2. pp. 75-83
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  1. 10. Building a Business
  2. pp. 84-92
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  1. 11. Video Days
  2. pp. 93-101
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  1. 12. The Price of Fame
  2. pp. 102-110
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  1. 13. Renaissance
  2. pp. 111-125
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  1. 14. Pizza to Go
  2. pp. 126-134
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  1. 15. The Silence of the Lamb
  2. pp. 135-146
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  1. 16. Not Your Mother's Lamb Chop
  2. pp. 147-160
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  1. Afterword: Lamb Chop Speaks
  2. pp. 161-162
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  1. Appendix A: Shari's Favorite Lamb Recipes
  2. pp. 163-172
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  1. Appendix B: Awards and Recognitions
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. Appendix C: List of Interviews
  2. pp. 175-176
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 177-191
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. A-FF
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813196275
Related ISBN(s)
9780813196268, 9780813196282
MARC Record
OCLC
1338835656
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2022-08-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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