Judy Freudberg

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Judith Freudberg (July 12, 1949 – June 10, 2012) was an American TV writer. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in speech and dramatic arts. In 1971, she started working on Sesame Street, two years after the show’s debut, as an assistant in the music department and became a writer for the children's television show in 1975. Judy worked on that show for 35 years and shared 17 daytime Emmys. One of the creators and developers of Elmo's World,[1] she served as head writer for that popular segment.

Freudberg collaborated with Tony Geiss on Sesame Street's first feature film, Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird[2] as well as The Land Before Time[3] and An American Tail, two feature animation films directed by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. She and Molly Boylan were nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Children's Special for the home video Elmo's World: Wild Wild West. For Sesame Street season 35, Judy co-wrote, with Lou Berger, the primetime special, Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On, which was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Children's Program.

She died on June 10, 2012 in Manhattan at age 62 from complications of brain cancer.[4]


  1. ^ Clash, Kevin; Mitchell, Louis Henry; Brozek, Gary (2006). My Life as a Furry Red Monster. Random House. p. 76. ISBN 0-7679-2375-8. Retrieved 26 January 2006. 
  2. ^ Hischak, Thomas (2008). The Oxford Companion to the American Musical. Oxford University Press. p. 254. ISBN 0-19-533533-3. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Maslen, Janet (18 November 1988). "Dinosaurs in Search of a Leafy Eden". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Slotnik, Daniel (16 June 2012). "Judy Freudberg, a Writer for ‘Sesame Street’ for 35 Years, Dies at 62". New York Times. Retrieved 19 June 2012.