Remembering an Old Friend

I just found out today that Alaina Reed Hall, who played Olivia on Sesame Street, has died. She was 63.
I remember Olivia so well. She was Gordon’s younger sister, and to my young mind she was very glamorous.
I remember one episode clearly. Oscar the Grouch somehow fixed Olivia up on a date with Bruno, the guy who carried his trash can around, whom Olivia had never met. Maria (who had never met Bruno either) was helping her get ready for the date, and insisted that Olivia needed to look grubby and disgusting. After all, Bruno was a friend of Oscar’s, and Grouches love grubby and disgusting, right?
So the big day arrived and Olivia was decked out in her oldest, raggediest, dirtiest clothes, her hair a mess and her face smudgy.
And here came Bruno, dressed up to the nines in a fine suit and tie! So Olivia had to rush back to her apartment and make herself presentable. Funny stuff.
Rest in peace, Olivia. We will miss you.

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2 Responses to “Remembering an Old Friend”

  1. Walt Says:

    Thank you for sharing your anamnesis about Alana/Olivia. It is a bittersweet time for us with the passing of a character from our childhood. As an adult we know that someone has lost a child, parent, sibling, friend, and/or a loved one. For the child that lives within us (are at least I hope it does) warm feelings and smiles are ellicted. Ghostess I would like to thank you for the opportunity to reflect back and express my gratitude to all those who made my childhood a little more pleasant.

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