Ruth Buzzi Biography (1939-)

Full name, Ruth Ann Buzzi; born July 24, 1939 (some sources say 1936), in Westerly, RI; daughter of Angelo Peter (a stone sculptor) and Rena Pauline (maiden name, Macchi) Buzzi; married second husband, Kent Perkins, December 10, 1979. Education: Trained for the stage at the Pasadena Playhouse, 1954-57. Addresses: Agent-- Amsel, Eisenstadt, and Frazier, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 510, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Career: Actress. Member: Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Guild of Variety Artists, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Awards, Honors: Emmy Award nomination, special classification achievements--individuals (variety performances), 1969, Emmy Award nomination, outstanding achievement by a performer in music or variety, 1972, Golden Globe Award, best supporting actress in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television,1973, all for Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In; Emmy Award nomination,best supporting actress in comedy-variety, variety or music, 1974, for The Dean Martin Show; Variety Artist of the Year, American Guild of VarietyArtists Award, 1977; Pasadena Playhouse Achievement Award, 1979; Presidential Commendation Award, outstanding artist in the field of entertainment, 1980;Emmy Award nomination, best performer on a children's program, 1987, forThe Berenstain Bears; Daytime Emmy Award nomination, outstanding performer in a children's series, 1994, for Sesame Street; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Image Award; inducted into the Rhode Island Hall of Fame. Addresses: Agent: Amsel, Eisenstadt, and Frazier, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 510, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Birth Details
July 24, 1939
Westerly, Rhode Island, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Voice of Granny Goodwitch, Linus the Lionhearted, CBS, 1964-66
  • The Entertainers, CBS, 1964-65
  • The Steve Allen Comedy Hour, CBS, 1967
  • Margie "Pete" Peterson, That Girl, ABC, 1967-68
  • Regular performer, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In(also known as Laugh-In), NBC, 1967-73
  • Fi, "The Lost Saucer," The Krofft Supershow(also known as The Krofft Superstar Hour), ABC, 1975-76
  • Voice of Gladys Ormphby, Baggy Pants and the Nitwits(animated), NBC, 1977-78
  • Various roles, You Can't Do That on Television(also known as You Can't Do That on TV), 1979
  • Book of Lists, CBS, 1982
  • Leticia Bradford, Days of Our Lives(also known as Days), NBC, 1983
  • Voice, The Paw Paws(animated), 1985
  • Voice, The New Jetsons(animated), 1985
  • Voice, Kids Incorporated(animated), 1985
  • Voice of Mama Bear, The Berenstain Bears(animated), CBS, 1985
  • Voice of Nose Marie, Pound Puppies(animated), ABC, 1986
  • Voice, Rick Moranis in Gravedale High(animated), NBC, 1990
  • Voice, The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda(animated), syndicated, 1990
  • Voice of Nancy, Cro(animated), ABC, 1993
  • Ruthie, Sesame Street, PBS, 1993-
  • The Savage Dragon, USA Network, 1996
  • Movies
  • Ruth Clayton, In Name Only, ABC, 1969
  • Blanche, Kids Incorporated: Rock in the New Year,1986
  • Voice of Felonia, Rockin' with Judy Jetson(animated), syndicated, 1988
  • Voice, I Yabba-Dabba Do!(animated), ABC, 1993
  • Voice, Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby(animated), ABC, 1993
  • Episodic
  • Mrs. Mildred Weatherspoon, "A Coffin Too Frequent," The Monkees, NBC, 1967
  • "Gloria Plays Cupid," That's Life, ABC, 1969
  • Guest, Front Page Challenge,1969
  • Witch, "The Witches Feast," Night Gallery, NBC, 1971
  • Annie Whipple, "My Fair Buzzi," Here's Lucy, CBS, 1972
  • "Love and the Haunted House," Love, American Style, ABC, 1973
  • Rose Jenkins, Medical Center, CBS, 1973
  • "Stan and the Wealthy Widow," Lotsa Luck, NBC, 1974
  • "Little Red Riding Hood," Harlem Globetrotter's Popcorn Machine, CBS, 1974
  • Amy Merkl, "Grateful," Emergency!, NBC, 1976
  • "The Happy State of Depression," Medical Center, CBS, 1976
  • Herself, The Muppet Show, syndicated, 1976
  • "The Dummies," Love Boat, ABC, 1978
  • Herself, "Roller Disco: Part 2," CHiPS, NBC, 1979
  • (Uncredited) Herself, "Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party; Part 2," CHiPS, NBC, 1980
  • Chloe, "Henry's Bitter Half," Alice, CBS, 1981
  • Title role, "Chloe," Alice, CBS, 1981
  • Aloha Paradise, ABC, 1981
  • Laura Morley, "Three on a Mismatch," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1982
  • Gun Shy, CBS, 1983
  • Juliette, "That Dynamite Girl," George Burns Comedy Week, CBS, 1985
  • Tiffany Cobb, "Mrs. Cobb's Daughter," Check It Out, USA Network, 1986
  • Mrs. Wilcox, "Lucy Makes a Hit with John Ritter," Life with Lucy,ABC, 1986
  • "Who Killed Maxwell Thorn?," The Love Boat, ABC, 1987
  • "Career Crunch," Out of This World, syndicated, 1988
  • "Corporate Munsters," The Munsters Today(also known as The NewMunsters), syndicated, 1988
  • Seventh Heaven, The WB, 1998
  • Delilah, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, ABC, 1998
  • Mrs. Roberta Powers, "House Party," Saved by the Bell,1990
  • Liz Summer, "The Roast," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1999
  • Also appeared in Comedy Break; Down to Earth; Fridays; Masquerade; Snowjob; Madam's Place; Rhoda;Garry Moore Show; Dean Martin Roasts; The Donny and Marie Show; The Dean Martin Show; The Tonight Show; Gladys andTyrone; Carol Burnett and Friends; The Flip Wilson Show; Tony Orlando and Dawn; The Dean Martin Variety Hour; Leslie Uggams Show; Epcot Magazine; Sonny and Cher Show; Cher; The Mac Davis Show; Hee Haw; Jonathan Winters Improv Series; Evening at the Improv; Pat Boone U.S.A.; Jack Burns and Avery Schreiber Show; The Jim Nabors Show; The Bobby VintonShow; That's Life; The Donna Fargo Show; Marty Robbins Spotlight; The Ralph Emery Show; Pop Goes the Country; Here's Julie; The Rene Simard Show; Betsy Lee's GhostTown Jamboree; and Whatever Turns You On.
  • Specials
  • The Wonderful World of Girls, NBC, 1970
  • Host, Triple Play '73, NBC, 1973
  • Keep U.S. Beautiful, NBC, 1973
  • Paradise, CBS, 1974
  • "The Crazy Comedy Concert," The ABC Afterschool Special, ABC, 1974
  • Funshine Saturday Sneak Peek, ABC, 1975
  • Once upon a Brothers Grimm, CBS, 1977
  • Herself, "Kraft Salutes Disney's 25th Anniversary," World of Disney, NBC, 1980
  • Voice, "The Incredible Book Escape," CBS Library, CBS, 1982
  • Super Night at the Super Bowl, CBS, 1987
  • Marvin: Baby of the Year, CBS, 1989
  • The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards,1989
  • Country Comedy Hour, TNN, 1989
  • Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1990
  • Welcome Home, America!--A USO Salute to America's Sons and Daughters, ABC, 1991
  • Miss Ninnie, Dorf's Family Stump, CBS, 1991
  • Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1992
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In Past and Present Christmas, NBC, 1993
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In 25th Anniversary, NBC, 1993
  • Ruthie, Sesame Street Stays Up Late! A Monster New Year's Eve Party, PBS, 1993
  • Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!, ABC, 1994
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In: A Valentine Day's Special, NBC, 1994
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,1996
  • 71st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,1997
  • The 67th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade,1998
  • Elmopalooza, ABC, 1998
  • Also appeared in Here's Flip; Bob Hope's Women I Love; Beautiful but Funny; Gene Kelly and Fifty Girls Count 'Em Fifty; Dom Deluise and Friends; Sandy in Disneyland; Here's Goldie; The Dean Martin Christmas Special; Salute to Jerry Lee Lewis; The Gift of Music; The Wayne Newton Special;The Wayne Newton Sea World Special; David Copperfield Magic Special; Here Comes Didi; You Oughta Be in Pictures; NBC ComedySpecial; Milton Berle's Magic of Stars; Super Heroes;CBN Special; Superbowl '77; Rolf Harris in Seoul; Wind Surf World; Anne Murray in Jamaica; Saturday Afternoon Special; Fun in Las Vegas; The Celebrity Love Cruise; and Saturday Morning Special.
  • Pilots
  • Singles, CBS, 1972
  • Film Appearances
  • Voice of Soprano, It's Tough to Be a Bird,1969
  • Opposing Coach, Freaky Friday, Buena Vista, 1977
  • Elvira, Skatetown, U.S.A., Rastar, 1977
  • Olga, Record City, American International Pictures, 1977
  • Damsel in distress, The Villain(also known as Cactus Jack),Rastar, 1979
  • Doctor Rheems (Ecumenical Enchantress), The North Avenue Irregulars(also known as Hill's Angels), Buena Vista, 1979
  • Miss Take, Miss Fit, and other roles, Whatever Turns You On,1979
  • Tough Kate, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, Buena Vista, 1979
  • Scavenger Hunt,1979
  • Consuelo, Chu Chu and the Philly Flash, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • Chuck's Mom, Surf II(also known as Surf II: The End of theTrilogy), International Film Marketing, 1984
  • Voice, Pogo for President--I Go Pogo(animated; also known as GoPogo, I Go Pogo, and Pogo for President), 1984
  • Dream Boys Revue,1985
  • Virginia Lane, The Being(also known as Easter Sunday, Freak, and The Pottsville Horror), Best Film, 1985
  • Petal McGurk, The Bad Guys, InterPictures, 1986
  • Voice, Milroy: Santa's Misfit Mutt(animated), United AmericanVideo, 1987
  • Voice of Nose Marie, Pound Puppies and the Legend of the Big Paw(animated), TriStar, 1988
  • Marilyn, Up Your Alley, Live Home Video, 1988
  • Betty Conklin, Dixie Lanes(also known as After These Years Indian Summer), Miramax, 1988
  • Herself, Hollywood on Horses(documentary), 1989
  • Madame Gypsy, My Mom's A Werewolf, Crown International, 1989
  • Widow Knockerby, Diggin' Up Business, Monarch Home Video, 1990
  • Jody Moore, Wishful Thinking, Hemdale Home Video, 1990
  • Maw, Troublemakers(also known as Botte di Natale, The Fight Before Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, and Die Troublemaker), Triboro Entertainment, 1995
  • Mrs. Rudnick, Boys Will Be Boys, A-Pix Entertainment, 1997
  • Ruthie, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1999
  • Lois Troy, Nothing But the Truth, Film Artists Network, 2000
  • Also appeared in Easter Sunday; The Trouble with Hello.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Misguided Tour,1959
  • Agnes Gooch, Auntie Mame,1961
  • Also appeared in The Ruth Buzzi Show, Las Vegas, NV, and PasadenaPlayhouse, CA; Sweet Charity, Broadway production; Wally's Cafe, off-Broadway production; A Man's a Man, off-Broadway production; Little Mary Sunshine, off-Broadway production; Babe's in the Woods; Cinderella.
  • Music Videos
  • Apppeared in Weird Al Yankovic's "Gump."

Further Reference


    • Interview, November, 1994 , p. 39.

    User Contributions:

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    Jun 24, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
    Trying to get in contact thru face book with Ruth Buzzi, she watched my daughter Racheal Watkins one weekend back in 1983. She knew my father in law Ed Watkins. Please have her email me, Racheal and I would love to say hello to her. Thank you

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