'Sharon, Lois & Bram' Co-Star Lois Lilienstein Dies at 78

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Sharon Hampson; Lois Lilienstein and Bram Morrison plus one elephant equals TV success. 

Lois Lilienstein -- co-star of Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show, the Canadian preschool show that ran on Nickelodeon during the early 1990s -- has died. She was 78.

Her son, David Lilienstein, told CBC News that his mother died in Toronto on Wednesday night from a rare form of cancer first diagnosed in October. "She knew it was happening, she was at peace with it, and she died very peacefully and not in pain," he told the Canadian broadcaster.

Lilienstein was born in Chicago in 1936 and moved to Toronto in 1996 with her son and husband Ernest. She joined Sharon Hampson and Bramwell (Bram) Morrison to launch their singing trio in 1978. The TV show Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show ran on the CBC in Canada from 1984 to 1989, before it continued in re-runs on Nickelodeon in the stateside until 1995.

Sally Catto, general manager, programming at CBC Television, paid tribute to Lilienstein for her contribution to Canadian kids TV. "Sharon, Lois & Bram got their start at CBC back in the 80's with The Elephant Show, and they went on to become icons to children all across North America through various programs and specials. Lois will be fondly remembered by her many friends at CBC," she told The Hollywood Reporter.

The Canadian variety show was best-known for songs like "Skinnamarink" and "Peanut Butter." Lillenstein left the Sharon, Lois & Bram performance trio in 2000.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.