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Shari Lewis & Lambchop. Shari Lewis (Jan 17, 1933 – Aug 2, 1998) was an 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. When Lewis appeared before Congress in 1993 to testify in favor of protections for children's television, Lamb Chop was granted permission to speak. Lamb Chop's passionate, well-informed and vivid testimony made an indelible impression on the Nation's leaders.