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Edward L. Lach, Jr.

Lewis, Shari (17 January 1934–02 August 1998), entertainer, was born Shari Hurwitz in New York City, the daughter of Abraham Hurwitz, college professor, and Ann Ritz Hurwitz, a public school music supervisor. She grew up in a household that encouraged artistic expression; after beginning piano lessons at the age of two, she also studied singing, acting, and dancing. Her father was also a professional magician, and Hurwitz accompanied him on USO tours during World War II. While convalescing from an injury, she also learned ventriloquism, which would later serve her well. After graduating from New York's Music and Art High School in 1950, she is said to have briefly attended nearby Columbia University, where she studied drama, although this cannot be confirmed. Her professional “break” came in 1951, when she appeared on the “Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts” television program and won a prize for a puppetry act....