Ruth Buzzi


Actor, Comedian, Voice Actor

About

Birth Place
Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
Born
July 24, 1936

Biography

Ruth Buzzi is an actress and comedienne best known for playing the perpetually bitter spinster Gladys Ormphby on the '60s comedy show "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." Buzzi attended the Pasadena Playhouse for the Performing Arts with fellow classmates Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman, and later moved to New York, where she was cast in Bob Fosse's Broadway hit "Sweet Charity." Cut from the sam...

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Family & Companions

Kent Perkins
Husband
Second husband; married on December 10, 1979.

Biography

Ruth Buzzi is an actress and comedienne best known for playing the perpetually bitter spinster Gladys Ormphby on the '60s comedy show "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." Buzzi attended the Pasadena Playhouse for the Performing Arts with fellow classmates Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman, and later moved to New York, where she was cast in Bob Fosse's Broadway hit "Sweet Charity." Cut from the same cloth as her contemporary Carol Burnett, Buzzi made her first television appearance on the "The Garry Moore Show" right after Burnett had left the program. A standout sketch work on Steve Allen's show led to her landing a spot on the regular cast of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" in 1968. While Buzzi developed a number of characters for "Laugh-In," none were as popular, or distinctive, as Gladys Ormphby. Clad in dowdy attire and a hairnet, she would deliver a vigorous beating with her purse to anyone who offended her. The Ormphby character was also a regular on "The Dean Martin Comedy Hour" and Martin's celebrity roasts. In the '80s, Buzzi voiced several animated characters, most notably Nose Marie in "Pound Puppies" and Mama Bear on "The Berenstain Bears," which brought her a Daytime Emmy nomination. Buzzi also won a Golden Globe for her work on "Laugh-In."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

City of Shoulders and Noses (2010)
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)
Boys Will be Boys (1997)
Troublemakers: How the West Was Almost Won (1994)
I Yabba Dabba Do (1993)
Voice
Wishful Thinking (1990)
Diggin' Up Business (1990)
Up Your Alley (1989)
Marilyn
My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)
Rockin' with Judy Jetson (1988)
Voice
Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw (1988)
Voice Of Nose Marie
Dixie Lanes (1987)
Betty Conklin
Bad Guys (1986)
Surf II (1984)
The Being (1983)
Mayor'S Wife
Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981)
Skatetown, USA (1979)
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)
The Villain (1979)
The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)
Record City (1977)
Freaky Friday (1976)
Opposing Coach
The Aristocats (1970)
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In Name Only (1969)

Cast (Special)

Elmopalooza (1998)
67th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (1998)
71st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1997)
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1996)
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: A Valentine's Day Special (1994)
Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (1994)
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In 25th Anniversary (1993)
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In Past and Present Christmas (1993)
Sesame Street Stays Up Late! A Monster New Year's Eve Party (1993)
Ruthie
Dorf's Family Stump (1991)
Miss Ninnie
Welcome Home, America! - A USO Salute to America's Sons and Daughters (1991)
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards (1989)
Performer
Super Night at the Super Bowl (1987)
The Incredible Book Escape (1980)
Voice Of Mrs Page
The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl (1977)
The Flip Wilson Comedy Special (1975)
Sandy in Disneyland (1974)
Crazy Comedy Concert (1974)
Paradise (1974)
Roberta
Keep U.S. Beautiful (1973)
Hellzapoppin (1972)
Singles (1972)
Ruth
Gene Kelly's Wonderful World of Girls (1970)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Sheep in the Big City (2000)
Voice
Marvin: Baby of the Year (1989)

Life Events

Photo Collections

Freaky Friday - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Disney's Freaky Friday (1976). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Family

Angelo Peter Buzzi
Father
Stone sculptor.
Rena Pauline Buzzi
Mother

Companions

Kent Perkins
Husband
Second husband; married on December 10, 1979.

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