Ruth Buzzi

Ruth Buzzi

Jul. 24th, 1936
Born in
Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
5' 3

Ruth Buzzi's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Dean Martin Show TV Show
The Dean Martin Show
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In TV Show
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Pound Puppies TV Show
Pound Puppies
The Flip Wilson Show TV Show
The Flip Wilson Show
Life with Lucy TV Show
Life with Lucy
The Lost Saucer TV Show
The Lost Saucer
Linus! The Lion Hearted TV Show
Linus! The Lion Hearted
The Leslie Uggams Show TV Show
The Leslie Uggams Show
Check It Out (CA) TV Show
Check It Out (CA)
George Burns Comedy Week TV Show
George Burns Comedy Week
Gun Shy TV Show
Gun Shy
The Entertainers TV Show
The Entertainers
Whatever Turns You On (CA) TV Show
Whatever Turns You On (CA)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Ruth Ann Buzzi is an American actress, comedian, and singer best known for her performances on the comedy-variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1968-73, for which she won a Golden Globe Award and received five Emmy nominations.

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, The Entertainers with Carol Burnett, and Your Show of Shows 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, 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 an inconsiderate stewardess.

  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 81-82. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • Her family ran a funeral parlor when she was growing up, and when they weren't busy comforting mourners, they told each other jokes to cheer up.
  • She was one of only four people to appear in EVERY episode of _"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (1967)_ (qv), including the special in 1967. The other three people were 'Dan Rowan' (qv), 'Dick Martin (I)' (qv), and 'Gary Owens (I)' (qv).
  • Was a regular on the _The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts (1998) (TV)_ (qv).
  • She was among one of four that appeared in every episode of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (1967), including the (1967) special. The three others; Dan Rowan, Dick Martin and Gary Daniels, are men.
  • Is a Ventroloquist.
  • Appeared at the dedication of 'Jim Henson (I)' (qv)'s star on Hollywood Boulevard after his death.

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