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Film: "Shari and Lamb Chop" (2023) (Part of the Michiana Jewish Film Festival)

Thursday, May 16, 2024 5:30–7:00 PM
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    Hailing from a Jewish Bronx family, Shari Lewis rose from playful beginnings in the '50s with her engaging children's variety shows, leading to the debut of iconic Lamb Chop on Captain Kangaroo. Over the course of her extraordinary career, she amassed an impressive collection of accolades, including 13 Emmys and a Peabody, and authored 60+ children's books, becoming an adored star, recognized for her sundry talents as a ventriloquist, singer, dancer, and even a magician. In a male-dominated industry, Lewis, a spunky perfectionist, transformed children's television with an innovative, empowering style, and through Lamb Chop, voiced new notions for the women of her time. Despite setbacks, including the cancellation of her NBC shows and health challenges, Lewis demonstrated resilience and enduring relevance.
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