Deaf Actress Linda Bove Shares Experience On 'Sesame Street'

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 3:41pm
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 3:54pm

(Screenshot of KJZZ interview video)
Linda Bove

Various films and television shows include deaf characters, but a lower percentage of those roles are played by people who are actually deaf.

Ground was broken on that in the late 1960s when deaf theater actress Linda Bove was cast in the role of Linda the Librarian on "Sesame Street."

Bove is a Phoenix resident, and I spoke with her recently about her experience on the program and being a deaf performer.

Bove’s answers — expressed via sign language — were interpreted by Jess Yocom, and it is Yocom’s voice you’ll hear answering my questions.

Also, Bove requested I refer to her as deaf rather than hearing-impaired because she considers that a more appropriate term from the cultural perspective of the deaf community.

We started the conversation by talking about how she came to be a member of the Sesame Street cast.

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