Fran Brill was the first female Muppet performer hired by Jim Henson for Sesame Street.
She joined the show in 1970, during the show's second season.
Describing her initial experience with the show, Brill says, "For me it was a kick. I had never even played with a puppet before. I laughed all the time. It was just a wonderful opportunity to hack around with a bunch of great guys."
Since joining the show, she has won numerous Emmy awards and created the characters of Zoe, Prairie Dawn, and many others. Her other work with the Muppets includes The Muppet Show, Saturday Night Live, The Jim Henson Hour, Dog City, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, CinderElmo, Zoe's Dance Moves, Play with Me Sesame, and many home videos.
As an actress, Brill has appeared off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre and was twice nominated for the Drama Desk Award. She has also played leading roles at many regional theatres including the Long Wharf, Yale Rep., Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Mark Taper Forum. Her film credits include Midnight Run, City Hall, What About Bob? and Being There. She has guest starred on many dramas, including Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Third Watch and Against the Law. Her voice can be heard in hundreds of commercials and on the cartoon series Doug and Sheep in the Big City. Brill served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild and currently serves as secretary on the board of directors of the Jim Henson Legacy.