Linda (Sesame Street)
Linda, played by Linda Bove
Linda Bove
Linda Bove is a deaf American actress who played the part of Linda the Librarian on the children's television program Sesame Street from 1971 to 2003.-Sesame Street:...

 was one of the most innovative characters on the children's program Sesame Street
Sesame Street
Sesame Street has undergone significant changes in its history. According to writer Michael Davis, by the mid-1970s the show had become "an American institution". The cast and crew expanded during this time, including the hiring of women in the crew and additional minorities in the cast. The...

. She was the first deaf regular in a television series. She was introduced sometime in the late 1970s, and quickly became a fixture of the program.

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 boyfriend and girlfriend.

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
American Sign Language
American Sign Language, or ASL, for a time also called Ameslan, is the dominant sign language of Deaf Americans, including deaf communities in the United States, in the English-speaking parts of Canada, and in some regions of Mexico...

. She was played by a young New York actress Micki Barnett.

Micki also babysat Oscar the Grouch's
Oscar the Grouch
Oscar the Grouch is a Muppet character on the television program Sesame Street. He has a green body , has no nose , and lives in a trash can. His favorite thing in life is trash; evidence for this is the song "I Love Trash". A running theme is his compulsive hoarding of seemingly useless items...

 niece; helped Maria in the Fix-It Shop; worked the counter in the library and related to Elmo
Elmo is a Muppet character on the children's television show Sesame Street. He is a furry red monster and currently hosts the last full 15 minute segment on Sesame Street, Elmo's World, which is aimed at toddlers. His puppeteer, Kevin Clash, uses falsetto to produce his voice...

, as well as interacting with Big Bird
Big Bird
Big Bird is a protagonist of the children's television show Sesame Street. Big Bird, like many of the other Sesame Street characters, is a Muppet character. He is sometimes referred to simply as "Bird" by his friends....


The character quietly left the show in 2003.
The source of this article is wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  The text of this article is licensed under the GFDL.