Prayers Requested for Comedy Star Ruth Buzzi After Suffering a Series of Strokes

For those not old enough to remember, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In was the SNL of its day, turning Lily Tomlin, Arte Johnson, JoAnn Worley, Goldie Hawn and Ruth Buzzi into household names. Buzzi’s Twitter account is normally brimming with one-line zingers but on Tuesday, there was an ominous post that read:

“Thank you for your love and friendship for all these years.”

The 86-year-old Buzzi, and her husband Kent Perkins, live in Erath County, Texas. Perkins wrote in a Facebook post on Monday that he is signing off the platform until further notice to care for his wife.

“Ruthie is my only priority right now. I am grateful for the 43 years of marriage to the best person I know on this Earth. “We don’t need anything from you but your continued thoughts, prayers, love and gratitude for the wonderful good times we’ve had along the way. She wants you to know she is not in pain and is aware you are sending your best wishes her way as she battles the results of devastating strokes that have left her bedridden and incapacitated. She can still speak and understand, she still recognizes all her friends and loved ones. I am reading to her your wonderful comments, and she smiles. Her love for others knows no bounds, and she has spent a lifetime making people smile. She is dealing with this situation bravely, and still with humor, believe it or not… and with the love of God in her heart and soul, she thanks you for being her friend. And for the love you’ve shown her continuously for the past six decades or more…”

Perhaps the most beloved character played by the Fort Worth native is that of Gladys Ormphby. See the clip below:

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (or Laugh-In) sketch comedy ran from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973. The series was hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin and featured numerous celebrity guest stars. It quickly became the most popular television show in the U.S. The show launched the career of a dancing, often bikini-clad Goldie Hawn, who played a giggling dumb blonde.

Ruth Buzzi was widely known for her character Gladys Ormphby, a drab spinster who typically hit people with her purse and was the eternal love target of Arte Johnson’s Tyrone. Another fan favorite was Lily Tomlin as Ernestine, the obnoxious telephone operator who had no concern for her customers and constantly mispronounced their names. In season 4, Ernestine began dialing with her middle finger, sometimes blatantly flipping “the bird” to the camera. Censors never caught on, stating – “We know she’s doing something wrong; we just can’t put our finger on it!”

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  1. God Bless You all & to me those were the good ole days!! Prayers to you & yours. Watched all the time.

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