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The woman underneath Rosita

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Our Sesame Street website is focusing this week on Spanish and the character Rosita. While attention is being paid to this blue Muppet gal who loves to hug, Marty and I wanted to pay homage to the woman who holds that puppet up in the air for hours during a typical shoot day. She is Carmen Osbahr. Like her character Rosita, Carmen is originally from Mexico and started her dolly-wiggling career on Plaza Sesamo (Mexico’s version of Sesame Street). She came to New York in the mid-eighties, and after training and observing on the set for several seasons, became an official Muppeteer in 1989. Rosita was created for Carmen back in 1992, giving the show its first Spanish-speaking Muppet. Here is Carmen hard at work with Leslie Carrara (Abby Cadabby) and others last season.

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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