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Ruth Buzzi

Ruth Buzzi was Born July 24, 1936 in South County (Westerly), Rhode Island to Rena Pauline and Angelo Peter Buzzi, a nationally recognized stone sculptor. She Raised in Wequetequock, Connecticut, and attended Stonington High School. She Gained experience as a cheerleader performing before crowds at athletic events. At 17, she enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse for the Performing Arts, among her classmates were the immeasurable talents of Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman. She graduated with honors. Ruth went on to Act in a wide variety of revues throughout New England, and worked alongside other young and talented performers who were just beginning their careers at the time. Including the legendary Barbra Streisand, Joan Rivers, Dom DeLuise, Bernadette Peters and Carol Burnett. She came to national recognition when she teamed up with Dom DeLuise in an act in which he played an incompetent magician and she was his "sidekick" named "Shakuntala" who never spoke but sported a wide grin. The audiences demanded more of them and they eventually played several major nighttime television variety shows including The Garry Moore Show (1958) "The Entertainers" with Carol Burnett, and Your Show of Shows (1950) with Imogene Coca. She was hired by Bob Fosse to perform in his then wife Gwen Verdon's hit Broadway musical "Sweet Charity". During that time she auditioned for and received a permanent place in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967), on which she played everything from deadpan old woman, to hard-bitten drunks, to southern belles to hookers. Memorable characters include Busy-Buzzi, a Hollywood gossip columnist; Doris Sidebottom, the hard-bitten drunk; and a stewardess (who she teamed up with 'Debbie Reynolds' (Qv)). The two played inconsiderable flight attendants.

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Jul 24, 1936 In Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Jetsons 1962-09-23
Latest Project:
Series Pioneers of Television 2008-01-02

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Daily Show
Poster of Saved by the Bell
Poster of Night Gallery
Poster of Sesame Street
Pioneers of Television Unknown 2008-01-02
Rocket Power Unknown 1999-08-16
7th Heaven Unknown 1996-08-26
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
The Jamie Foxx Show Unknown 1996-08-28
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Unknown 1996-09-27
The Savage Dragon 26 episodes, 1995-1996 1995-10-21
The Angry Beavers Unknown 1994-09-21
Diagnosis Murder Unknown 1993-10-29
Darkwing Duck Unknown 1991-09-06
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers Unknown 1989-03-04
Saved by the Bell Unknown 1989-08-20
Major Dad Unknown 1989-09-17
Out of This World Unknown 1987-09-06
The Berenstain Bears Unknown 1985-09-14
Pound Puppies Nose Marie / ... 26 episodes, 1986-1987 1985-10-26
Reading Rainbow Unknown 1983-06-06
The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show Additional Voices 16 episodes, 1979-1980 1979-09-22
Trapper John, M.D. Unknown 1979-09-23
The Muppet Show Unknown 1977-04-23
CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
The Love Boat Unknown 1977-05-05
Alice Unknown 1976-08-31
Emergency! Amy Merkle 1 episode, 1976 1972-01-15
ABC Afterschool Specials Unknown 1972-10-04
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21
Night Gallery Unknown 1969-11-08
The Carol Burnett Show Unknown 1967-09-11
The Monkees Unknown 1966-09-12
The Jetsons Unknown 1962-09-23