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Fran Brill

Fran Brill (b. September 30, 1946) is an actress and puppeteer who worked on Sesame Street beginning in 1970. She was the first female puppeteer hired by Jim Henson, outside of wife Jane Henson. She is best known for performing Prairie Dawn and Zoe. Brill retired from performing in September 2014. A native of Pennsylvania, Brill began her performing career in community theater, and in 1968, while in Atlanta, she joined the cast of the playRed, White and Maddox, which ridiculed segregationist governor Lester Maddox. The show proved somewhat controversial due to its political subject matter, but transferred to Broadway in 1969, and Brill moved to New York City to join her fellow cast members, who included a youngChristopher Lloyd. The show closed in less than three months, after only 41 performances. Out of a job, Brill was seeking work as a voice-over actress and in radio commercials, when she answered an ad from Muppets Inc., auditioning performers for what she initially assumed was a voice-over assignment. As the puppeteer recalled, "In those days, 1970, it was a small operation and if you called, you could get Jim directly on the phone.... They were training people to do a Christmas special for The Ed Sullivan Show." The special aired as The Great Santa Claus Switch, and after a two week puppetry workshop with Henson, she was subsequently asked to join Sesame Street.

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Sep 30, 1946
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-11-10
Latest Project:
Movie Tully 2018-05-04
Known For
Poster of Sheep in the Big City
Poster of Dog City
Poster of Doug
Poster of Sesame Street
Movie Tully Zoe 2018-05-04
Series Big Bag Unknown 2017
Series Sesame Unpaved 2017
Series Amber Waves Suze Winter 2016
Movie Sesame Street: Elmo's Music Magic 2011-09-06
Movie Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Herself 2011-10-21
Movie Jim Henson: His Sesame Street Story 2009-12-12
Movie Sesame Street: Elmo's Christmas Countdown Prairie Dawn / Zoe (voice) 2007-12-23
Movie Sesame Street: Elmo's Potty Time Prairie Dawn (voice) 2006-08-22
Movie Sesame Street: Zoe's Dance Moves Zoe 2003-01-01
Series Play with Me Sesame Prairie Dawn 2002-04-01
Series Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
Series Sheep in the Big City 2000-11-17
Movie The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Zoe / Pestie / Prairie Dawn (voice) 1999-10-01
Movie Elmopalooza Zoe, Prairie Dawn, Roxie Marie 1998-02-20
Movie Sesame Street: Do the Alphabet Zoe (voice) 1996-02-06
Series Dog City 1992-09-26
Movie What About Bob? Lily Marvin 1991-05-17
Movie The Tale of Peter Rabbit Bluejay / Sparrow (voice) 1991-06-11
Series Doug Emily Kristal (voice) 1991-08-11
Series The Jim Henson Hour 1989-04-14
Series My Little Pony 1986-09-15
Movie Old Enough Mrs. Sloan 1984-08-24
Movie Amber Waves Suze Winter 1980-03-09
Movie Being There Sally Hayes 1979-12-19
Movie The Great Santa Claus Switch Snerf (voice) 1970-12-05
Series Sesame Street 1969-11-10