Ruth Ann Buzzi is an American singer, comedian, and actress, who is best known for her acting career, particularly her role on the comedy show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” Buzzi has several hobbies, two of which are painting and collecting automobiles. She has never sold her paintings to the public, instead she donates original paintings to charity.
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Early life, family, formation
Ruth Ann Buzzi was born on July 24, 1936 in Westerly, Rhode Island, United States. She is the daughter of Rena Pauline and Angelo Peter Buzzi, nationally recognized as a stone carver.
Her father also owned Buzzi Memorials in Wequetequock Cove, subsequently managed by her older brother named Harold until his retirement in 2013. Buzzi grew up in the village of Wequetequock, Stonington, Connecticut, where she attended Stonington High School and was head cheerleader. From the age of 17, she applied for performing arts at the Pasadena Playhouse, from where she graduated with honors. Her studies included acting, voice, dance and some cosmetology classes.
Ruth Buzzi began her acting career before graduating from college, traveling with singer Rudy Vallee in a live musical and comedy number when she was on summer vacation from college; this opportunity was key to getting an Actors’ Equity Association union card. After graduating, she landed a starring role in an off-Broadway musical revue which got her to perform on the East Coast. At the same time, other performers such as Joan Rivers, Bernadette Peters and Barbra Streisand also began their careers with her.
She has appeared in several television commercials, some of which have won nationally recognized awards such as the Clio Award for Best Spokesperson for Clorox 2. In Post Sugar Crisp commercials, she was nominated for her character Granny goodwitch. Additionally, she has voiced over 300 animated shows, including Nose Marie on Pound Puppies, Mama Bear on the Berenstain Bears, and the voice of Granny Smurf.
She quickly gained her first national recognition when she starred as “Shakundala the Silent” on “The Garry Moore Show” in 1964, as well as the original cast of “Sweet Charity.”
His popularity increased tremendously after his appearance on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”, which was an American television comedy sketch show from 1968 to 1973. Buzzi was the only featured actor to appear in every episode of the show, even the original driver. . The character she was best known for on the show was Dowdy Spinster Ormph, for whom she was dressed in dull brown with a bun hairstyle, her face covered with a hairnet tied in the center of her forehead. It wasn’t the first time she used this look, in fact, she appeared in a school production called “Auntie Mame” in which she played Agnes Gooch.
With her lively comedic dialogue, she was seen at a number of Dean Martin Roasts at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, where she chatted about high-profile roasts such as Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Muhammad Ali.
Apart from her acting career, Ruth was known to be a very savvy investor. She and her husband Kent Perkins have invested in various assets that are currently worth a lot of money located around Texas including a ranch, farm, gas wells, oil wells, shopping mall, minerals and more. . The collection of vehicles they own was valued at a few million dollars, with the most luxurious car they own, a Chevy that Steve McQueen once drove, valued at $2 million.
Buzzi is currently retired to a 629-acre ranch in Erath County, Texas, where she lived with her husband, Kent Perkins. However, she hasn’t completely forgotten her Southlake days as she still visits occasionally and writes on Twitter describing her Southlake days saying, ‘What I loved about Southlake: The best neighbors in the world. The best access to the best stores in the state of Texas, maybe the country. Largest selection of restaurants within 10 miles. Gorgeous landscaping and beautiful yard work everywhere you look. Lots of underground water, with ducks, turtles and blue herons. Almost zero crime.
Ruth Ann Buzzi has been involved in numerous charities, some of which are aimed at children, including The Thalians, St. Jude’s Hospital, Special Olympics, Make a Wish Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Buzzi is also a sponsor of a summer art camp for children. Buzzi also helps raise funds for the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, located in Medina, Texas.
Buzzi’s name has appeared in several songs, such as “Ruth Buzzi Better Watch Her Back” by The Bled, the duet “You’re the Reason Our Kids are Ugly” by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, and “I’m A Swing It” from House of Pain.
Buzzi and her husband share a hobby of collecting automobiles, particularly post-war English vehicles including Jaguars, Bentleys and Rolls-Royces, appearing in television commercials and in his blue Bentley convertible featured on the cover of Vogue with Jessica Simpson at the wheel. . As mentioned, Buzzi has been involved in many charities, so some of the cars have been on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA through loans or/and donations.
I have never refused to take a picture with fans. pic.twitter.com/p3mfHtPNaq
— RUTH BUZZI (@Ruth_A_Buzzi) January 25, 2021
Who is Buzzi’s husband, Ken Perkins?
Kenneth Perkins was born in 1926 and was a Major General British Army officer who was later seconded to command the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces. Putting an end to his military vocation, he held the position of Director of Overseas Military Assistance for two years, from 1980 to 1982. He died in 2009.
According to sources, as of early 2021, the best estimate of Ruth Buzzi’s net worth is $20 million.