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  • "<a href=" http://www.iambigbird.com/ " target="_blank">I Am Big Bird</a>" is a feature-length documentary about puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. In this photo, Spinney and Kermit Love prepare to shoot Big Bird's cameo in "The Muppet Movie."
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  • Sesame Street legends Jon Stone, Bob McGrath, Caroll Spinney and Jerry Nelson discuss a scene, circa 1970.
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  • Caroll Spinney, 80, and the original Oscar the Grouch, who was orange, circa 1970.
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  • Caroll Spinney and Oscar the Grouch film "Sesame Street" in Hawaii.
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  • A young Caroll Spinney posing with his puppets.
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  • Caroll Spinney pauses to take direction during a scene with Mr. Snuffleupagus.
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  • A publicity still from "Judy and Google," one of Caroll Spinney's first TV shows, featuring Caroll, Judy Valentine and Goggle.
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  • Oscar the Grouch enjoying tea in a rare moment.
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  • Caroll Spinney's mom built him some of his first puppets. Over the years, he crafted his own in his home studio.
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  • Caroll Spinney, Ouyang Lianzi, Big Bird and Jon Stone filming "Big Bird in China."
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  • Caroll Spinney and Barkley the dog rehearsing a difficult shot from "Big Bird in China" that required them to ride a motorcycle.
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  • Caroll Spinney with Oscar the Grouch and Picklepuss, two of his signature characters.
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  • Caroll Spinney, Ouyang Lianzi, and Big Bird break during filming an iconic scene from "Big Bird in China."
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  • Caroll Spinney as Big Bird with then-first lady Betty Ford
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  • Caroll Spinney was in the Big Bird feathers when he met then-first lady Hillary Clinton on "Sesame Street."
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  • Caroll Spinney is a distant cousin of President Obama. He finally met Michelle Obama on "Sesame Street."
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