Zelda Rose is a tall, pink female Muppet with gray hair and a long orange nose. She was given her name in episode 203 of The Muppet Show when she performed "Who?" with her singing owl. In episode 124, she conducted a group of noisy library patrons to the tune of "The Blue Danube." Zelda was often seen in the audience, and in At the Dance skits with various partners.
Zelda made her debut on The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence. The puppet had previously been used (without a wig) as a violinist on The Ed Sullivan Show. In episode 115 of The Muppet Show, it was made to look like a farmer performed by Jim Henson. A prototype version of Zelda was used for the Flower-Eating Monster bit on The Julie Andrews Hour.
Zelda was often performed by Louise Gold, and occasionally by Jerry Nelson. Although Abby Hadfield performed her when she sang "Who?" on The Muppet Show, Louise Gold rerecorded her part when the song was released on The Muppet Show 2 record.
- Abby Hadfield: in Episode 203: Milton Berle.
- Jerry Nelson: in Episode 218: Jaye P. Morgan.
- Richard Hunt: in Episode 308: Loretta Lynn.
- Louise Gold: in The Muppet Show 2, Episode 515: Carol Burnett and elsewhere.
- The Julie Andrews Hour
- The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence
- The Muppet Show
- Episode 102: Connie Stevens (At the Dance, with George)
- Episode 108: Paul Williams (At the Dance, with Nigel)
- Episode 109: Charles Aznavour (At the Dance, with the Blue Frackle, "Inchworm")
- Episode 112: Peter Ustinov (At the Dance, with the Blue Frackle)
- Episode 113: Bruce Forsyth (At the Dance, with the Blue Frackle)
- Episode 115: Candice Bergen (Audience)
- Episode 122: Ethel Merman (Audience)
- Episode 123: Kaye Ballard
- Episode 124: Mummenschanz ("The Blue Danube")
- Episode 201: Don Knotts (Audience)
- Episode 203: Milton Berle ("Who?")
- Episode 206: Nancy Walker (Audience)
- Episode 208: Steve Martin
- Episode 210: George Burns
- Episode 211: Dom DeLuise
- Episode 214: Elton John (Audience)
- Episode 218: Jaye P. Morgan
- Episode 303: Roy Clark (Audience)
- Episode 308: Loretta Lynn
- Episode 311: Raquel Welch (Audience)
- Episode 314: Harry Belafonte
- Episode 317: Spike Milligan
- Episode 320: Sylvester Stallone
- Episode 424: Diana Ross (Audience)
- Episode 515: Carol Burnett
- Episode 522: Buddy Rich
- The Muppet Movie
- The Muppets: A Celebration of Thirty Years
- Muppets Tonight