Jul. 24th, 1936
Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
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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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