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Debra in Follow That Bird

Debra Spinney (often referred to as Debi) is a former staffer of the Children's Television Workshop, and the wife and manager of Muppeteer Caroll Spinney.

She appeared in on-screen, together with Jon Stone and Kermit Love, in episode 750 of Sesamstrasse in 1981, as revealed in a comic strip by Caroll.

She has also made cameos in the crowd scene toward the ending of Follow That Bird, and the "Sing" finale of Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting. Below the frame, she puppeteered Simon Soundman during the "Carol Sing" in A Muppet Family Christmas.[1]

Notes

  • In the Sesame Street "Fashion Report" sketch, two fashion model trees are referred to as Carol and Debbie, named after the Spinneys.
  • Episode 3609 of Sesame Street references Caroll's proposal to Debi. Oscar, planning on proposing to Grundgetta as a gag, recites Caroll's proposal verbatim ("You will marry me, won't you?") as he practices.

Sources

  1. Home video footage recorded by the Spinneys, later incorporated in "Jim Henson: Behind the Seams" screening at the Museum of the Moving Image

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