Ruth Buzzi – Actress
Richard Brooks of Stonington designs gravestones as his full-time profession, so naturally his thoughts turn toward what will mark his own resting place. He took over his parents’ business when they passed away and now continues their legacy by carrying it forward himself.
She frequently appeared as Gladys Ormphby, dressed in dull brown clothing with an elaborate bun adorned with an obvious hairnet knotted at the middle of her forehead in many of NBC’s animated sketches for Baggy Pants and the Nitwits series.
Early Life and Education
Ruth Buzzi was born July 24 in Westerly, Rhode Island. At Stonington High School she served as cheerleader and gained experience performing before audiences. Subsequently she enrolled at Pasadena Playhouse for the Performing Arts where she studied voice, dance and acting – while simultaneously taking cosmetology courses to broaden her career options.
Buzzi first gained recognition with her roles on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In from 1967-1973, appearing in all episodes and earning five Emmy nominations as featured player.
She has appeared in multiple television series such as Saved by the Bell, The Muppet Show and You Can’t Do That on Television. Additionally, she has made appearances in several music videos such as Gump by “Weird Al” Yankovic and songs by rock group B-52’s.
Buzzi first joined Steve Allen Comedy Hour and later Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In as a regular cast member in 1967, playing multiple characters including Flicker Farkle (youngest member of Farkle family); Doris Swizzler, an impersonation of Hedda Hopper-like gossip columnist Doris Swizzler; Gladys Ormphby (spinster with brown clothing and hairnet); this role would later be animated on NBC in mid-1970s called The Nitwits (together).
Buzzi is well known for her stone carving skills, learned from her father Angelo Buzzi (an accomplished stone carver who created marble eagles at Penn Station and other landmarks across the United States). Harold ran Buzzi Memorials until his retirement in 2013, after which his sister now owns and operates it exclusively specializing in grave markers.
Achievement and Honors
Buzzi was head cheerleader at Stonington High School before attending Pasadena Playhouse for the Performing Arts to study voice, dance and acting. Additionally, she took courses in cosmetology as an additional field. At 19 she began her professional career by touring with Rudy Vallee’s musical comedy revue.
She became a regular cast member on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (1967-1973) and received five Emmy nominations for her work there, playing various characters, such as Gladys Ormphby whose purse she used as an instrument during roasts of celebrities such as Dean Martin.
Buzzi has appeared as a guest on several television programs and films, and currently resides in Texas where she’s actively involved with charities such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and St Jude Children’s Hospital.
Rena Pauline and Angelo Peter Buzzi, stone sculptors. Her father founded Buzzi Memorials; which she later took over after her brother retired in 2013.
Beloved actress Suzie Kablozzie and Feff on Sesame Street for six years was among her many accomplishments; additionally, she voiced characters for animated shows Baggy Pants and Nitwits and Berenstain Bears.
Her other television appearances included The Donny and Marie Show, Flip Wilson Show and Dean Martin Roasts; she also performed her nightclub act nationwide. Currently living on a 600-acre ranch in Texas with Kent Perkins as husband, she collects postwar cars from England with many donated or loaned out such as her blue Bentley to Petersen Automotive Museum of Los Angeles for display purposes.
Ruth Buzzi is an American actress best known for her roles on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In from 1968 to 1973, where she played multiple characters including Flicker Farkle and Doris Swizzler.
Buzzi began her show business career at age 19, traveling with singer Rudy Vallee for a live musical and comedy act during college summer break to earn herself an Actors Equity Union Guild Card. Alongside other emerging young artists like Bernadette Peters and Carol Burnett, she worked alongside young people just starting their careers such as her.
Old Stonington High School was her place of studies before enrolling at Pasadena Playhouse for the Performing Arts where she took voice, dance, and acting classes. As part of this institution she became a charter member of its Alumni Association as well as painting oil paintings as a hobby. Alongside Kent Perkins in Texas she and Kent Perkins share a passion for automobiles; both own postwar English vehicles like Bentley as well as antique Jaguars for collection purposes.