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Somewhere, behind the back of a building, Big Bird is weeping.

He may be 40 now and have long since learned the meaning of death, but that doesn't make the passing of his Sesame Street pal, Alaina Reed Hall, any easier.

The actress, who starred as Olivia for 12 years on the PBS show, died of breast cancer on Dec. 17 in Los Angeles, reports Springfield, Ohio's WHIO Radio. She was 63 years old.

In addition to working with muppets, Hall starred in the sitcom 227. She also graced the Great White Way as Matron Mama Morton in the original production of Chicago and the 1977 revival of Hair.


Did you see Jake Gyllenhaal's timely appearance on Sesame Street last week?