Shari Lewis ( born January 17, 1933) was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, and children’s entertainer and television show host. She was best known as the original puppeteer of sock puppet Lamb Chop, first appearing on Hi Mom, a local morning show that aired on WRCA-TV (now WNBC-TV) in New York City.
NBC gave Lewis her first network program, The Shari Lewis Show, which debuted on October 1, 1960, replacing The Howdy Doody Show. The show ran until September 28, 1963, and featured such characters as Hush Puppy, Charlie Horse, and Lamb Chop: Hush Puppy had a Southern accent and a reserved, shy personality, while Charlie Horse was a slow-witted goofy character. Lamb Chop served as a sassy alter-ego for Lewis. (WIkipedia)
Above: Lewis with her puppets, Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse, 1960s.