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Performer:
Jerry Nelson • (1978-2003)
Matt Vogel • (2008-present)
Camilla

"I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair"

Camilla the Chicken's informal introduction TMS30900:29

Camilla the Chicken's informal introduction TMS309

Camilla's first appearance on The Muppet Show.

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Camilla with Gonzo

Camilla-forgetyou

Camilla sings "Forget You" in the 2011 film The Muppets.

CamillaJHH

Camilla wins the blue ribbon for the third year in a row in The Jim Henson Hour episode 108.

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Gonzo and Camilla in The Muppets.

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Camilla and Gonzo for Wired magazine.

Camilla the Chicken is the love of Gonzo's life. Her proper introduction on The Muppet Show is in episode 318 when she and Gonzo have their first date. She was previously seen and mentioned in episode 309 when Gonzo attempted to audition her and another chicken named Nellie for Liberace's concert (he eventually agrees to sign them on for his Las Vegas act).

As Miss Piggy started out as one of a number of pigs, and Rizzo as one of many rats, Camilla evolved out of a group of chickens used on The Muppet Show as background Muppets. Before being named in episode 309, a precursor to Camilla appeared in episode 303 replacing Gonzo in the Pigs in Space sketch, and as Gonzo's dancing partner in episode 305 (played by Dave Goelz). Even as far back as episode 217, Gonzo finds love with a chicken when he sings "Won't Somebody Dance with Me" at the dance.

Gonzo loves Camilla, but sometimes he chases after other chickens, because he's not always sure which chicken is which. After all, "they all look the same." Whenever a scene with Camilla was shot, nobody could remember what color Camilla's eyes were, so Dave Goelz and Jim Henson devised a theory that Gonzo could not tell the chickens apart, and Gonzo would just assume that whatever chicken was with him was Camilla.[1]

The Muppet Movie marked Camilla's big screen debut, introduced as Gonzo's companion in his plumbing business. In The Muppets Take Manhattan, she's briefly taken hostage by Martin Price, an incident that requires Gonzo to giver her mouth-to-beak resuscitation. Performing in The Muppet Telethon in The Muppets, Camilla leads a group of chickens in singing "Forget You".

Camilla lives alone in a gazebo-like house called "Camilla's Place", where she sits on a nest in the middle of an otherwise empty floor. However, she appears to spend a good deal of time at the Bide-A-Wee Trailer Court.

On Muppet Babies, Camilla is a rag doll that sometimes comes to life in Baby Gonzo's imagination.

Merchandise of Camilla includes an action figure packed with Palisades' Series 5 Gonzo, a Mega Camilla Action Figure, a plush doll by Sababa, and a statue designed by Jim Shore.

Casting History

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Filmography

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Sources

  1. Goelz, Dave Interview with Ken Plume

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    • I can't remember now if we're going by air date or production date for first appearances. Audiences saw the Liberace episode first. Frig...
    • We generally use production order for Muppet Show orders. The Pearl Bailey episode (305) was produced before the Liberace episode (309); it ...

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