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December 9, 1962 |
Walnut Creek, California, United States
|Other names||Leslie Carrara
Leslie Carrara Rudolph
|Occupation||Actress, singer, performer, puppeteer|
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph is known for performing the fairy Abby Cadabby on the PBS Kids show Sesame Street for which she was nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award for best performer in a children's series. She is also known for her puppeteer role as Ginger on Playhouse Disney's Johnny and the Sprites. She performed the puppet Jesse for Sesame Street's military outreach project Touch, Listen and Connect. This starred Katie Couric. Leslie plays various characters on Sesame Street throughout the season. She got her start on ABC's Muppets Tonight as Spamela Hamderson Other puppeteering credits include Edi the Zebra on the Learning Channel's Animal Jam and the Evil blonde Vampire puppet in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Leslie is one of the founding members for the Henson Improv group Puppet up, which was later renamed Stuffed and Unstrung. She was part of the improv cast for its debut at the Aspen Comedy Festival. She toured with them to the Australian comedy festival and was a cast member for the Off Broadway show at the Union Square Theater.
She also played the main role of Blue, the female blue puppy in Nick Jr.'s Blue's Room.
Her original character Lolly Lardpop has a musical Comedy CD out called Sunkinsass Leslie portrayed the human kiddie-show star, Miss Poppy, in the satirical play Pigeon-Holed, written by Sesame writer Annie Evans and Sesame puppeteer regulars. She also does regular voiceover work, including characters in Zatch Bell and Ratchet and Clank and The Simpsons. Leslie has a BA degree from San Francisco State University in her major "Child Development Through the Arts" When she is not performing anything, she just paints and illustrates children's books.
Carrara-Rudolph's performs an original, candy-obsessed character, Lolly, in several clubs and events in New York and Los Angeles, and works in children's outreach programs. Carrara-Rudolph released a Lolly children's CD called Spunkinsass on CD.[when?]
Carrara-Rudolph has written and produced several one-woman shows. Her latest musical, Entertaining a Thought, which was developed at the 2009 Ojai Play write Conference, recently received a Jim Henson Foundation Grant and a 2009-2010 UNIMA Citation of Excellence in the Art Of Puppetry. She just finished a run of her newest interactive show Wake Up Your Weird at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. The show she created for the Disney company, The Wahoo Wagon ran for six months at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood and it featured all of her original characters.
Some of Carrara-Rudolph's voice over credits includes the voice of Peg Puppy for Nickelodeon's new cartoon series T.U.F.F. Puppy, and background voices for The Simpsons and for The Electric Company, where she voices Wolfman, Bat and Mummy. She joined the cast of the podcast series The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd in the season three premiere and has guest starred several times since.