Linda (Sesame Street)

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Linda, played by Linda Bove was one of the most innovative characters on the children's program Sesame Street. She was the first deaf regular in a television series.[citation needed] Linda Bove is a deaf actress, who appeared on Sesame Street with the National Theater of the Deaf, and made her debut as character on the show, a librarian named Linda, in Episode 0326, January 1972. She became a regular member of the Sesame Street television cast in 1975,[1] continuing until 2003.

The character could only communicate in sign language, but interacted positively with other members of the Sesame Street community, as a normal citizen and resident of Sesame Street. The person who most often acted as her interpreter was Bob; eventually he and Linda were portrayed as being in a romantic relationship.

Linda made her living as a librarian, and as such she also had an assistant, named Micki. Micki would read the stories to the children, while Linda told them in American Sign Language. She was played by a young New York actress Micki Barnett.

Linda also appeared in numerous inserts and sketches, notably the famous silent sketches where Maria (Sonia Manzano) would play Charlie Chaplin and Linda would often play a supporting role, either as a pretty woman or as a second Chaplin if two were required for a particular sketch.

Micki also babysat Oscar the Grouch's niece; helped Maria in the Fix-It Shop; worked the counter in the library and related to Elmo, as well as interacting with Big Bird.

The character[clarification needed] quietly left the show in 2003.


  1. ^ "National Theater of the Deaf".