Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz (January 17, 1933 – August 2, 1998), better known as Shari Lewis, 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 television show that aired on WRCA-TV (now WNBC-TV) in New York City.
She is also known as Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz.
Shari Lewis was diagnosed with uterine cancer in June 1998. After her diagnosis Shari insisted on taping the last episode of "Charlie Horse Music Pizza". She had previously been treated for breast cancer in 1984. Shari Lewis had a Hysterectomy and was given six weeks to live. After recovering from the hysterectomy Shari then began Chemotherapy at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. While undergoing chemotherapy she developed Viral pneumonia and died on August 2, 1998, at the age of 65. Her body was cremated. She was survived by her husband, daughter, and sister. After her death "Charlie Horse Music Pizza" was canceled.