Alaina Reed Hall

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Alaina Reed Hall
Reed in 1976
Born(1946-11-10)November 10, 1946
DiedDecember 17, 2009(2009-12-17) (aged 63)
Other namesAlaina Reed
Alaina Reed-Amini
EducationKent State University
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
Years active1974–2009
Richard Cook
(m. 1988; died 1991)
Tamim Amini
(m. 2008)

Alaina Reed Hall (November 10, 1946 – December 17, 2009) was an American actress and singer who portrayed Olivia Robinson, Gordon's younger sister, on the PBS children's television series Sesame Street, and Rose Lee Holloway on the NBC sitcom 227.

Early years[edit]

In the mid-1960s, Reed attended Kent State University where she was active in many stage productions at KSU's E. Turner Stump Theater. These included The Streets of New York, It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman! and The Tragedy of Tragedies — The Life and Death of Tom Thumb The Great.[citation needed]

Alaina sang in a group called Tiny and the Dunnaways, an all girl singing group in Kent. In the fall of 1966, Glenn Lucas, Bob Boettcher and Bruce Rusin with Alaina "Tiny" Reed and Marty Kralik formed "The Velours". In February 1967. They began playing continuously, at the Kove in Kent, Ohio 5 nights a week until December 1968.[citation needed]


Reed began her professional career in Philadelphia and off-Broadway productions. She was among the original cast members in the 1974 off-Broadway production of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road. Hall appeared in productions of Hair (Chicago in 1970 and the 1977 revival),[1] Chicago, and Eubie!.[citation needed]

In 1976, she won the role of Olivia on the children's series Sesame Street. Her character was a photographer and the younger sister of Gordon. In 1985, she starred in the Sesame Street movie Follow That Bird, reprising her role as Olivia. That same year, Hall co-starred on the sitcom 227. For a time, she traveled between New York City (where Sesame Street is taped) and Los Angeles (where 227 was taped). She left Sesame Street in 1988.

After 227 ended in 1990, Hall appeared in guest roles on various TV shows, including Herman's Head and Blossom. She also provided the voice for animated characters on Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?. In 1995, Hall co-starred on the short-lived WB sitcom Cleghorne!, starring Ellen Cleghorne. The following year, she appeared in the television film The Cherokee Kid. She also had recurring roles on Ally McBeal, Any Day Now, and ER.

In addition to stage and television work, Hall also appeared in roles in feature films including Death Becomes Her (1992), Cruel Intentions (1999), and the 2007 independent feature I'm Through with White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks).

Personal life[edit]

She was married three times and had two children.[citation needed]

Her first marriage was to Richard Cook, with whom she had two children. The marriage ended in divorce.[citation needed]

In December 1988, Reed married actor Kevin Peter Hall. She met Hall when he was a guest performer on 227.[2] Hall died in April 1991 of complications from AIDS-related pneumonia. Hall had contracted HIV after receiving a contaminated blood transfusion during surgery for injuries he sustained in a car accident a year prior.[3][4]

In 2008, Hall married Tamim Amini. They were married until her death.[5]


Hall died of breast cancer at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California on December 17, 2009, at the age of 63.[5] She was cremated, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean off of Hilo Bay Island by her Afghan-American husband, Tamim Amini. Amini is a film director and screenwriter in Los Angeles, California.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird Olivia
1992 Death Becomes Her Martha
1993 Me and the Kid Sarah
1999 Cruel Intentions Nurse Olivia
2001 Chasing Sunsets Mrs. Stevens
2003 Scrambled Gert
2006 The Shift Mother
2007 I'm Through with White Girls... Jerri Moore
2007 A-Date Valerie Short film
Year Title Role Notes
1976–1988 Sesame Street Olivia Robinson 59 episodes
1978 Cindy Venus Television film
1978 Baby, I'm Back Jackie Episode: "You Bet Your Wife"
1985–1990 227 Rose Lee Holloway 115 episodes
1991-1993 Harry and the Hendersons Lorraine Hall 7 episodes
1992 Herman's Head Margaret Bracken Episode: "Bracken Up Is Hard to Do"
1992 A Different World Claims Officer #5 Episode: "Occupational Hazards"
1993 Blossom Esther Smith Episode: "Big Doings: Part 2"
1995 Friends The Admissions Woman Episode: "The One with Two Parts: Part 2"
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Nurse Doris Berkey Episode: "Target: Jimmy Olsen"
1995 Cleghorne! Lena Carlson 15 episodes
1995 The Drew Carey Show Lois Perry Episode: "Pilot"
1996 The Cherokee Kid Ma Holsopple Television movie
1997 The Steve Harvey Show Corinthia Grier Episode: "I Do, I Don't"
1997 Between Brothers Vera Ford Episode: "Family Affair"
1997 NYPD Blue Mrs. Angela Cheevers Episode: "It Takes a Village"
1997–1998 Ally McBeal Judge Elizabeth Witt 3 episodes
1998 Caroline in the City Stanchfield Episode: "Caroline and the Cabbie"
1999 NewsRadio Ms. Rose Dawson Episode: "Apartment"
1998–2000 Any Day Now Aunt Della Watt 2 episodes
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Mrs. Minnie Mayweather Episode: "Loosely Ballroom"
2007 ER Betty Dixon 2 episodes


  1. ^ Good Hair Days by Jonathan Johnson; p 88
  2. ^ "Actor Kevin Peter Hall Dies In L.A. At Age 35". Jet. 80 (2). Johnson Publishing Company: 62. 2009-04-29. ISSN 0021-5996.
  3. ^ Snauffer, Douglas; Thurm, Joel (2008). The Show Must Go on: How the Deaths of Lead Actors Have Affected Television. McFarland. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-7864-3295-0.
  4. ^ "Kevin Peter Hall, Actor, 35". The New York Times. 1991-04-19. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  5. ^ a b Alaina Reed Hall dies at 63; actress was Olivia Robinson on 'Sesame Street'
  6. ^ "'Sesame Street' star Alaina Reed-Amini dead at 63". The Mercury News. Associated Press. December 21, 2009. Archived from the original on September 7, 2023. Retrieved September 7, 2023.

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