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Roosevelt Franklin's Mother

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PERFORMER Loretta Long show voice
  Rosalind Cash album voice
DEBUT 1969
PATTERN Purple

Roosevelt Franklin's Mother is, naturally, the mother of Roosevelt Franklin. As described by CTW advisor Gerald S. Lesser, Mother Franklin "nags and pushes Roosevelt a little (this does not seem to bother him much), but takes obvious pride in his knowledge and achievements: 'Roosevelt Franklin --he sure does know his numbers!!'"

On the Sesame Street television show, her voice was provided by Loretta Long. However, on the album The Year of Roosevelt Franklin, she was performed by Rosalind Cash.

On the TV Special Sesame Street Unpaved, Dr. Long recalled:
What I loved about Jim Henson, when we were doing Roosevelt Franklin, and he watched me do the voiceover for the mother, and I said 'Mmm-mm-mm.. Roosevelt Franklin sure does know his ABCs', and he totally rewired the mother puppet so she could put her hand on her hip. I thought that was so cool.

She also makes a cameo appearance in The Muppet Movie.

Book appearances

Sources

  • Lesser, Gerald S. Children and Television: Lessons from Sesame Street. New York: Random House, 1974.

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