sesame street's olivia and 227's rose lee holloway, alaina reed-amini, died december 17 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. previously known as alaina reed hall, her roles, besides a 12-year run on sesame street from 1976 to 1988 and five years on the '80s hit 227, include stage roles in chicago and hair, movie appearances in cruel intentions and (gulp) death becomes her and guest-starring roles on shows such as nypd blue and ally mcbeal.
as she's not an active character, i doubt sesame street will address her death, as they did when the actor playing mr. hooper died and somebody had to explain it to big bird. now if someone could just explain it to me. also explain to me why it took the news until today to cover it. sorry she's not brittany murphy or somebody else skinny and young and uh, you know the rest. no funeral or memorial service will be held, but a celebration of her life is being planned for 2010. i'm sure big bird will be there.
here is alaina in fine form on sesame street.