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Heather Henson, Steve Whitmire and his wife Melissa at the Center for Puppetry Arts in 2009.[1]

Melissa Whitmire is the wife of Muppet performer Steve Whitmire. She has worked as a background puppeteer on several Muppet projects, notably as an assistant to Kathryn Mullen for Kira in The Dark Crystal.[2]

In Rizzo's earliest appearances, Whitmire would often make clothes for the character.[3]



  1. String Fling Gala 2009 - Puppets, Food and Fun!
  2. ToughPigs Interview with Steve Whitmire, October 15, 2008 by Joe Hennes
  3. ToughPigs "Three Muppeteers on a Couch" June 13, 2011

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