Sesame Street’s Director Dead At 71!

Emily Squires, the director of Sesame Street at the age of seventy one has passed away, but the cause of the Emmy winner is still unknown.

TV Guide reports:  According to multiple reports, Squires died on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. The late director and producer was known for her extensive work with PBS, helming more than 25 episodes of Sesame Street; the last offering  Squires directed, “Rosita Gets Upset at Zoe & Abby,” aired in 2007. Aside from Sesame Street, she also worked on fellow PBS series Between the Lions.

Squires picked up a number of accolades throughout her career, nabbing a total of six Daytime Emmy awards; she received her first Primetime Emmy nod for co-producing a 1990s TV special called All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!

As a screenwriter, Squires worked on many popular soap operas, including The Guiding Light, The Secret Storm and As the World Turns, and earned a WGA Guild Award for her work on the CBS soap Search for Tomorrow. She also directed a number of documentaries, including The Art of Being Human and Visions of Perfect Worlds.

The TV director was married to Len Belzer, who wrote a book with her called Spiritual Places In and Around New York City. Belzer hasn’t released a statement yet, but Sesame Street fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Squire’s death.

“The person who gave me my childhood has passed away :( Emily Squires RIP,” one user wrote.

“The longevity of Sesame St makes is possible to observe each others lives to their conclusion. I mourn the death of my friend Emily Squires,” Sesame Street’s Sonia Manzano tweeted.

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