Ruth Buzzi was born Ruth Ann Buzzi is an actress, comedian, and singer from the US. She has acted in movies as well as TV. Best known for her performances on the show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in.
The show lasted five years, from 1968 to 1973. She is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award for her works on the show. She is a five-time Emmy Award nominee. Known for her versatility in both acting and singing.
Ruth Buzzi Age
She was born on the 24th of July, 1936. She is 84 years old as of 2023.
Ruth Buzzi Family
Born to Angelo Peter Buzzi and Rena Pauline at Westerly Hospital in Rhode Island. Her father was a stone sculptor who was recognized nationally.
His notable works include the marble carvings at Penn Station, the animals in the American Museum of Natural History in relief.
Furthermore, he was asked to help in the Mt. Rushmore carving project but he refused due to a fear of heights. Her father was of Italian-Swiss descent while mother was of Italian descent. Lastly, she has one brother, Harold Buzzi.
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On the 28th of November, 1965 she married her first husband, Basil Keko.
On the 10th of December, 1979 she married her current husband Kent Perkins. The two live on o a 600-acre cattle and horse ranch near Stephenville, Texas.
Her hobbies include painting with oils and car collecting. She doesn’t sell her paintings though. She prefers donating them to charity.
Buzzi is active in charity work, especially those supporting children. Make a Wish Foundation, the Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and The Thalians are just some of the charities she supports. She is an active fundraiser for the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.
Ruth Buzzi Today
Ruth is today living on a 600-acre cattle and horse ranch in the Lone Star State with husband, Kent Perkins. Her car collection is legendary with some of her cars getting appearances in TV commercials and parades.
Vogue magazine featured her blue Bentley on their cover with Jessica Simpson behind the wheel. She has donated and loaned cars like her 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud to the Petersen Automotive Museum of LA, California.
Her 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II won first place at the Concours d’Elegance in Florida. The vehicle is somewhat of a serial winner coming on top again in the LA Rolls Royce Owners Club’s most elegant car competition.
She’s been name-dropped in a number of songs like I’m A Swing It by House of Pain, Ruth Buzzi Better Watch Her Back by The Bled and last but not least You’re the Reason Our Kids are Ugly by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.
Ruth Buzzi Education
She went to Stonington High School. Here she was head cheer-leader performing with her troop at athletic events before crowds.
When she was 17 years old she joined the Pasadena Playhouse for Performing Arts. Here she studied voice, dance, acting and even took a course in cosmetology. She graduated with honours.
As of 2023, she had an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Ruth Buzzi Career
Ruth was a working actress and even had a union card before her graduation from college. At 19, she had her first job in show business. She was part of a live musical and comedy act, this was during her summer break from college.
After graduation, she moved to New York where she got the lead role in an off-Broadway musical revue. This was the first among 19 where she performed across the East Coast.
In her numerous musical and comedy revues, she worked alongside other talented performers like the late Joan Rivers, Dom DeLuise, and Barbra Streisand. She was cast in many TV commercials, some that even went on to win national awards like the Clio Award.
In 1964, she gained national recognition with the series The Garry Moore Show. National fame came calling when she was cast as Shakuntala the Silent, a confused magician’s assistant. She was a member of The Entertainers, a show by CBS. The show went on from 1964 to 1965. She appeared in Sweet Charity, where she had several minor roles like ‘the Singing Fairy’. This happened between 1966 and 1967.
Steve Allen Show
During the late ’60s, she had appearances in every episode of The Steve Allen Show. As a result, she was cast in Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.
Additionally, she is credited to be the only person to appear in every episode of the Laugh-In. This includes the pilot episode and the Laugh-In TV special. Moreover, she had numerous characters in the sketch from Southern belles to dowdy old women to tipsy drunks. Gladys Ormphby was her most famous character, a dowdy old woman who used her ‘lethal purse’. Beating anyone who incurred her wrath.
Buzzi was featured in most of the Dean Martin Roasts.
Ruth appeared semi-regularly on the sitcom That Girl. She starred in the series The Lost Saucer which aired from 11th September 1975 till 2nd September 1976.
In 1977, she charted the song ‘You Oughta Hear The Song’. The song reached #90 on the Billboard’s national Country Music chart.
In 1981, she had a guest appearance in the sitcom Alice. In 1985 she had another guest role on the sitcom Down to Earth.
Donny & Marie, The Flip Wilson Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Monkees, Emergency!, The Dean Martin Music and Comedy Hour and the Dean Martin Roasts are just some of the TV series she was a guest star on.
In 1986, she voiced the character Nose Marie in the animated series, Pound Puppies. Berenstain Bears, The Smurfs, Sheep in the Big City and The Angry Beavers are just some of the numerous cartoon series she has voiced on.
She was a regular on Sesame Street, gaining six years worth of appearances under her belt. She voiced the character of Suzie Kabloozie, a failed torch singer.
Ruth Buzzi Laugh In
Ruth became most popular on the new NBC show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. Buzzi was the only one player featured player in every episode of Laugh-In including the initial pilot for the show.
Busy-Buzzi was among her recurring characters on Laugh-In and a cocktail-lounge visitor, Doris Sidebottom, who continuously got drunk with her husband Leonard. In most cases, Ruth played old women, drunks Southern belles and flashy hookers.
Gladys Ormphby, the spinster, was her most famous character. The character Gladys often dressed in brown, drab clothing with her hair in a bun covered by a visible hairnet knotted in the middle of her forehead with a purse to beat anyone who caused her anger.
Ruth Buzzi Laugh In Characters
She appeared in many national TV commercials for products like Clorox 2, Sugar Crisp cereal and Clairol.
Buzzi has appeared in various music videos such as Gump by ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and songs by rock bands B-52’s and The Presidents of the United States of America.
She performed in nightclubs across the US. Some of her venues were at Sahara in Las Vegas and the MGM Grand hotels. All her shows sold out. She did the act for a year and was offered an extended stay but she refused.
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 are just some of the films in which she had featured roles.