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Polly Stone
Polly Stone sings the alphabet for Grover00:43

Polly Stone sings the alphabet for Grover

Polly Stone (b. November 1966) is the daughter of Sesame Street writer/director Jon Stone and actor Beverley Owen.

Polly appeared in at least two segments on Sesame Street: one in which she recites the alphabet with Grover, and another where she demonstrated five fingers. Decades later, she's still recognized for appearing on the show, having been identified by a pre-schooler as she recounted in Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street.[1]

In his 2008 book Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street, Michael Davis describes her as someone who, as a child, would have her handprints all over Sesame Street, and that she and her sister Kate were "Sesame Street’s in-house, on-demand focus group" who contributed countless ideas for script material on the show. One notable example is Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, directed and co-written by their dad. Polly recounts that the plot came from her and her sister wondering how Santa Claus got down the chimney to deliver presents. The end product is a special that Dulcy Singer called "Jon's baby from the beginning. If you want to see his soul, watch Christmas Eve on Sesame Street."[2]

Years later, Polly assisted her father and Joseph A. Bailey in location scouting for the unproduced special Big Bird in Ireland.[3] She later became a school teacher and interior designer.[2]

Sources

  1. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street page 120
  2. 2.0 2.1 Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street page 274-275
  3. Memoirs of a Muppets Writer, pages 255-259

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