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Ruth Buzzi



Though most of Ruth Buzzi's official biographies list her birthplace as Westerly, RI, she herself was fond of claiming that she was born in Wequetequock, CT, perhaps because it sounded funnier. Whatever the case, Buzzi was the daughter of an immigrant Italian stone sculptor who specialized in cemetery monuments. After attending dancing school, 17-year-old Buzzi studied for an acting career at the Pasadena Playhouse. A well-established West Coast character actress by 1959, Buzzi came to Broadway to appear in the short-lived revue Misguided Tour; it was here that she created the first of her many memorable "alter egos," half-witted magician's assistant Shakuntula. It was while playing the woebegone Agnes Gooch in a 1961 stock-company production of Auntie Mame that Buzzi developed the character that would reach full maturity as the whining schlumper Gladys Ormphby. In 1965, she joined the cast of the CBS TV variety series The Entertainers, and that same year provided the voice of Granny Goodwich on the Linus the Lionhearted cartoon weekly. She went to make recurring appearances on That Girl and the 1967 Steve Allen Comedy Hour; and in January of 1968, she began a seven-year hitch on the immensely popular Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Together with Laugh-In co-star Arte Johnson, Buzzi provided the voice for her cartoon likeness in the 1977 Saturday morning animated series Baggy Pants and the Nitwits. Under the aegis of Sid and Marty Krofft, Buzzi starred on the weekend kiddie shows Far Out Space Nuts (1975) and The Krofft Supershow (1976). On the big screen, Ruth Buzzi has been seen in such Disney fare as Freaky Friday (1977), The North Avenue Irregulars (1978), and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet According to Dom
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Fallen Angels
  • Perril
2007
No Score Yet Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Anne Murray in Jamaica
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Dixie Lanes
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Saturday Morning with Sid and Marty Krofft
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Dixie Lanes
  • Betty
2004
No Score Yet Goodnight, We Love You: The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Berenstain Bears - Bears Get a Babysitter
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Berenstain Bears - Fun Lessons To Learn
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Berenstain Bears - Bears Team Up!
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Berenstain Bears - Adventure and Fun For Everyone
  • Actor
2003
77% The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
  • Ruthie
1999
No Score Yet Boys Will Be Boys
  • Mrs. Rudnick
1997
No Score Yet Troublemakers
  • Maw
1994
No Score Yet Wishful Thinking
  • Jody
1992
No Score Yet Diggin' Up Business
  • Widow Knockerby
1989
No Score Yet Hollywood on Horses
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet My Mom's a Werewolf
  • Madame Gypsy
1988
No Score Yet Up Your Alley
  • Marilyn
1988
No Score Yet Milroy, Santa's Misfit Mutt
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Bad Guys
  • Petal McGurk
1986
No Score Yet Dream Boys Revue
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Surf II
  • Chuck's mother
1984
No Score Yet Pogo for President - "I Go Pogo"
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Miss Casino Comedy Show
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Being
  • Virginia Lane
1983
No Score Yet Chu Chu and the Philly Flash
  • Consuelo
1981
No Score Yet Scavenger Hunt
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Skatetown U.S.A.
  • Elvira
1979
0% The Villain
  • Damsel in Distress
1979
No Score Yet The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
  • Tough Kate
1979
75% The North Avenue Irregulars
  • Dr. Rheems
1979
No Score Yet Record City
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Once Upon a Brothers Grimm
  • Princess
1977
71% Freaky Friday
  • Opposing Coach
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Ruthie

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