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  • Sesame Street Becomes Part of 2012 Elections

    A woman wearing a costume of "Sesame Street" character Big Bird holds a sign in support of public broadcasting during the "Million Puppet March" in Washington Nov. 3, 2012.
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  • Sesame Street Becomes Part of 2012 Elections

    Members of the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund dressed in "Sesame Street" costumes hold a protest next to supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney outside a campaign stop for Romney in Van Meter, Iowa, Oct. 22, 2012.
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  • Muppet Mania! 'Sesame Street' Takes Over 'GMA'

    Kevin Clash, the master puppeteer behind the lovable and popular "Sesame Street" character Elmo, holds a picture of the original character sketch. The only description written on the "First Sketch for ELMO" drawing was that the little monster be "short, red." "Elmo used to be much wider," Clash said.
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  • Muppet Mania! 42 Years of 'Sesame Street'

    The "Sesame Street" muppets took over the "Good Morning America" Times Square studio Sept. 20, 2011. Grover, Elmo and Rosita hopped into the anchor chair alongside Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott at 8 a.m. when George Stephanopoulos had to leave on an assignment.
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  • Muppet Mania! 42 Years of 'Sesame Street'

    Rosita got to work behind the scenes in our Times Square studio.
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  • Muppet Mania! 42 Years of 'Sesame Street'

    Elmo joined the anchors on the couch. The "Sesame Street" gang visited "GMA" to celebrate the start of their 42nd season.
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  • Muppet Mania! 42 Years of 'Sesame Street'

    Elmo snuggled up to Robin Roberts and gave our anchor a kiss.
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  • Muppet Mania! 42 Years of 'Sesame Street'

    Oscar the Grouch interrupted Sam Champion's weather forecast.
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  • Muppet Mania! 42 Years of 'Sesame Street'

    Cookie Monster joined "Chew" co-host Clinton Kelly and "GMA's" Lara Spencer in the kitchen to whip up some delicious fall desserts.
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  • Muppet Mania! 42 Years of 'Sesame Street'

    Lara Spencer shares a sweet treat with Cookie Monster.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Bert and Ernie

    Two of television's most famous roommates, Bert and Ernie, were the only muppets created by Jim Henson to appear in the pilot episode of "Sesame Street." Ernie was originally performed by Henson and his affectionate song about his squeaky toy duck, "Rubber Duckie," became a modest hit, reaching No. 16 on the Billboard chart. Here are some other famous faces that have appeared on "Sesame Street."
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Season 1 cast

    The original 1969 cast of "Sesame Street" would soon become household names. They included Gordon, Susan, Mr. Hooper and Bob, played by Bob McGrath, who remains a member of the cast today. Other familiar faces include Bert, Ernie and Big Bird.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Diane Saywer

    Diane Sawyer appeared on a 2003 episode of "Sesame Street" and sang "It All Adds Up," accompanied by Elmo the muppet at first -- and eventually joined by a whole cast of muppets.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Barbara Walters

    Barbara Walters appeared in "The Sesame Street Special," a.k.a. "Put Down the Duckie," in 1988.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Mad Men

    Season 40 of "Sesame Street" featured a parody of the AMC program "Mad Men," a period drama about the world of advertising on New York City's Madison Ave. in the 1950s.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary orginal oscar

    A bit of trivia for "Sesame Street" fans: the original Oscar the Grouch was not green. As seen in this photo from the first season, Oscar was gold.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary oscar

    Oscar the Grouch, in all his natty green glory.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Adam Sandler

    Comedian Adam Sandler shared a big cookie with Cookie Monster when he guest-starred last season.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Julia Roberts

    Before she even had children, actress Julia Roberts was a fan of the show. In 1990, she made an appearance with Elmo.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Stevie Wonder

    Musician Stevie Wonder hung out with muppet Grover in an episode from the early 1970s. Wonder performed his hit "Superstition."
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Sarah Jessica Parker

    In a "Sesame Street" episode called "Waiting for Something Big," a parody of "Sex and the City," Sarah Jessica Parker patiently waits for her friend Big Bird.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Michelle Obama

    First lady Michelle Obama plants a garden with Big Bird, Elmo and some kids. Obama participated in the filming of the 40th anniversary episode of the popular children's show.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary palestine

    A sign for the Palestinian version of the show says "Shariah Simsim" -- "Sesame Street" in Arabic. Atop the sign are the numbers 1,2 and 3.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Abby Cadabby, Zoe and Rosita

    Abby Cadabby, Zoe and Rosita sing about the number seven as part of Sesame Street's 40th season.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Season 1 cast

    The cast of the 40th season of "Sesame Street." In the background is Hooper's Store.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary google

    On the 40th anniversary of the children's program "Sesame Street," Big Bird's legs graced Google's home page.
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  • Sesame Street 40th Anniversary Cookie Monster Google

    Ahead of the Nov. 10 premiere of the 40th season of "Sesame Street," Google.com Thursday featured Cookie Monster in the "Google Doodle," the icon on the site's home page.
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