Ruth Buzzi
Actress, comedienne
Ruth Buzzi
Ruth Ann Buzzi is an American comedienne and actress of theatre, film, and television. She is especially known for her performances on the comedy-variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1968 to 1973.
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Laugh On
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I was raised with laughter. My parents' house was always filled with comedians, dancers, actors and writers. My Mother was a ballerina, and danced with The Royal Ballet Company in London."Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship,and is by far the best ending for one." OSCAR WILDE I learned to laugh young from the best in the business. Eric Sykes, Tommy Cooper, Norman Wisdom, Hattie Jacques, Spike Milligan, and Peter Sellers. In 1968 however I discovered a new breed of comedian, a group that'd recently graduated from Cambridge and would eventually become Monty Python's Flying Circus in 1969. A year earlier David Frost produced a TV show called "HOW TO IRRITATE PEOPLE" written by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, and Marty Feldman, and starring Connie Booth, Michael Palin and John Cleese. I remember roaring with laughter when I watched sketches like "The Car Salesman" and "Airline Pilots," where Cleese and Chapman as the pilots start "reassuring" the ...
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Peggy Elliott: Famous People I Have Known - But Didn't Know It
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I am looking at a picture of a very young Richard Dreyfus. It is a frame captured from an episode my partner, Ed Scharlach, and I wrote for the TV sitcom, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir in 1972, and sent to me by a GAMMie -- as the fans of the series term themselves. He is sporting a paintbrush mustache, and I wonder: did he grow it for the role of a young newspaperman, thinking the character would want to look older? Did he, as an actor, grow it in the hopes that he would look older? Or, was it just the '70s, where everyone had a mustache? I have no idea, because, when he was cast, I didn't know that Richard Dreyfus would be become Richard Dreyfus, so was only pleased at how well he brought off the intention of the part, which was a rare guest role in a series that mostly featured the running characters. It was a good part: Ed and I came from what we called "The Carl Reiner School of Writing." We were still in college when the Dick Van Dyke Show went off the air, but had th ...
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Laura Lippstone: PHOTOS: Asia's Intrigue, Adventure And Great Food
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I'm so excited, I'm frozen like a mannequin. Holding my head just so, so I don't lose my sweet hat with veil scored in a vintage store. Hoping I'm projecting more Marlene Dietrich than Ruth Buzzi from Laugh-In. I packed "Murder on the Orient Express." Since I never had the pleasure, what better place to read it than where I'm going? That anticipation of boarding one of the luxury trains of the world stands out in an Asian adventure full of memorable moments. Who hasn't fantasized about the Orient-Express? I want to ditch the hoodie, my overbearing dachshund and job for some adventure on the rails. Having seen lots of Europe and not much of Asia, I decide on the Eastern & Oriental Express, sumptuous sister to the fabled European train. Singapore to Bangkok -- roughly the distance between Manhattan and Miami Beach. The Florida ride is 21 hours packed into a Spring Breakmobile (it always feels like that, no matter how old you are) with people you don't necessaril ...
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A. John Bartis - Sanibel Captiva Islander
Google News - over 5 years
He was one of New York's foremost vocal coaches from the 1950s through the 1970s teaching - among many others - James Farentino, Ruth Buzzi, Cicily Tyson, John Cryer and Julie Newmar. (He was actively teaching his private students in Southwest Florida
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REVIEW: Rockin' with Judy Jetson - Comicmix.com
Google News - over 5 years
New voices include comedian Ruth Buzzi as Felonia with the rest being fairly non-descript. Another missed opportunity, this one is only for those with a real sense of nostalgia for '80s HB material
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Shakespeare's "The Comedy Of Errors" gets all the laughs in - Nooga.com
Google News - over 5 years
The show was hosted by Dick Martin and Dan Rowan and helped launch the comedy careers of Goldie Hawn, Ruth Buzzi, Flip Wilson, Lily Tomlin, Richard Dawson and Jo Ann Worley, to name a few. The show's format, characterized by rapid-fire lines,
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Over The Weekend: Kinky Friedman at Sons of Hermann Hall - Dallas Observer (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He dedicated "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed" to his friend Ruth Buzzi who was in the audience and who stood up to give a wave. That song culminated in Little Jewford playing three kazoos simultaneously -- two in his mouth and
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Frugal Foodie Fights the Heat in the Kitchen - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Yes, just like what Ruth Buzzi wore in the Laugh-In skits. For my younger readers who are asking, "Wazzthat?" again, Google it. Not a fun situation when you're already battling an outside temperature of 90+ and despite drinking gallons of water it
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Without Woods, Feherty emerges as US golf's favourite face - Globe and Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Sock It To Me: Comedian Ruth Buzzi sums up the Tour de France: “CADELE [sic] EVANS, 34, just won the Tour de France. He passed the drug screening but his bike tested positive for methamphetamine and steroids.”
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The almanac - UPI.com
Google News - over 5 years
Y., in 1920; comedian Ruth Buzzi in 1936 (age 75); actors Chris Sarandon in 1942 (age 69), Robert Hays in 1947 (age 64) and Lynda Carter in 1951 (age 60); basketball Hall of Fame member Karl Malone in 1963 (age 48); actor/singer Kristin Chenoweth in
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Celeb Birthdays for the Week of July 24-30 - ABC News
Google News - over 5 years
Comedian Ruth Buzzi is 75. Actor Mark Goddard ("Lost in Space") is 75. Actor Chris Sarandon is 69. Comedian Gallagher is 65. Actor Robert Hays ("Airplane!") is 64. Actor Michael Richards is 62. Actress Lynda Carter is 60. Director Gus Van Sant is 59
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Pink's On Lake Erie - WBAL Radio
Google News - over 5 years
This blogger was first introduced to Pink's by Ruth Buzzi during a segment on PBS' A Hot Dog Program. There she was, the star of Laugh In and Sesame Street eating hot dogs in LA She and plenty of big stars have been regulars over the years at Pink's
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Annie Dear: I'm getting ready for my tryout before the judge - Blue Springs Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
I really should go clad in beige, wear sensible shoes (well I do anyway, being bunion-enhanced), part my hair in the middle, wear no make-up – you know, try to look like Ruth Buzzi in Laugh-In for those of you old enough to remember – and quite
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Theatre Review: A Germ of an Idea/Laryngectomy - The West Australian
Google News - over 5 years
Main is an extroverted, charismatic performer in the mould of American comedian, Ruth Buzzi (Laugh In, Sesame Street). Germ, her take on all things dirty, grimy and malodorous, is a nice idea that only comes off in parts
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ruth Buzzi
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 69
    In 2006 and 2007, she made guest appearances on the children's TV series Come on Over.
    More Details Hide Details Buzzi had a successful nightclub act all across the United States including in Las Vegas at the Sahara Hotel and at the MGM Grand. She only performed the act for one year because she did not like the smell of cigarette smoke and disliked traveling all the time. Her shows were all sold out and she was offered an extended stay in Las Vegas but declined. Buzzi has had featured roles in more than 20 feature films, including Chu Chu and the Philly Flash, Freaky Friday, The North Avenue Irregulars, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The Villain, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland and a number of westerns for the European market known as the Lucky Luke series in which she plays the mother of the Dalton Gang.
  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 48
    Buzzi was also a guest star on the syndicated sitcom Down to Earth in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Dean Martin's producer, Greg Garrison, obviously enjoyed Ruth Buzzi's work as a comedy sketch artist and hired her for his comedy specials starring Dom DeLuise. Buzzi charted the single "You Oughta Hear The Song" in 1977. It reached #90 on Billboard's national Country Music chart. Buzzi was a guest star on many television series including Donny & Marie, The Flip Wilson Show, The Dean Martin Music and Comedy Hour, the Dean Martin Roasts, The Carol Burnett Show, Tony Orlando and Dawn, The Monkees, Emergency!, and variety series hosted by Leslie Uggams and by Glen Campbell. She also appeared occasionally on game shows, and was a celebrity judge on The Gong Show. She appeared on Lucille Ball's last (but short-lived) sitcom, Life with Lucy, as Mrs. Wilcox in the episode "Lucy Makes a Hit with John Ritter". She appeared eight times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and has made more than 200 other television guest appearances.
  • 1981
    Age 44
    Buzzi also guested as Chloe, the usually never-seen but often mentioned wife of phone company worker Henry Beesmeyer, on Alice in 1981.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 38
    Buzzi was featured as a semi-regular on the sitcom That Girl as Marlo Thomas's friend Pete Peterson. She starred with Jim Nabors as the time-traveling androids Fi and Fum in The Lost Saucer produced by Sid and Marty Krofft which aired from September 11, 1975 to September 2, 1976 (16 episodes).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 29
    In 1966–1967, Buzzi played in a Bob Fosse classic Broadway musical Sweet Charity, with Fosse's wife Gwen Verdon in the original cast.
    More Details Hide Details She had several small roles, one of them "the Singing Fairy". In the late 1960s, Ruth Buzzi appeared in every episode of The Steve Allen Comedy Hour, a comedy-variety series starring Steve Allen. Her character parts in the Allen sketches led her to be cast for NBC's new show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. She was the only featured player to appear in every episode of Laugh-In including the pilot for the show and the Laugh-In television special. A versatile comedian, Ruth Buzzi played everything from dowdy old women to tipsy drunks, from Southern belles to flashy hookers. Among her recurring characters on Laugh-In were Busy-Buzzi, Hollywood gossip columnist; Doris Swizzler, a cocktail-lounge habituée who always got riotously smashed with husband Leonard (Dick Martin); and one of the Burbank Airlines Stewardesses, teaming with Debbie Reynolds as two totally inconsiderate flight attendants. Her most famous character is the dowdy spinster Gladys Ormphby, clad in drab brown with her bun hairdo covered by a visible hairnet knotted in the middle of her forehead. Buzzi first used this look when she played Agnes Gooch in a school production of Auntie Mame. In most sketches, she used her lethal purse, with which she would flail away vigorously at anyone who incurred her wrath.
  • 1964
    Age 27
    Her first national recognition on television came on The Garry Moore Show in 1964, just after Carol Burnett was replaced by Dorothy Loudon on the series.
    More Details Hide Details Buzzi saw her first taste of national fame as "Shagundala the Silent", a bumbling magician's assistant to her comedy partner Dom DeLuise who played "Dominic the Great". They were an instant hit with the public. Buzzi was a member of the regular repertory company on the CBS variety show The Entertainers (1964–1965).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Born
    Born on July 24, 1936.
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