GARFIELD, N.J. – Happy Birthday to Garfield’s Linda Bove!
Garfield native Linda Bove turns 71 Nov. 30.
Bove is a deaf American actress who played the part of Linda the Librarian on the children's television program Sesame Street from 1971 to 2003.
Bove was born Nov. 30, 1945 in Garfield, N.J., to two deaf parents.
As a child, she attended St. Joseph School for the Deaf in the Bronx, N.Y., and then Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf in Trenton, from which she graduated in 1963.
She became interested in theater and participated in several theatrical productions in college. In her senior year, she studied in a summer school program at the National Theater for the Deaf.
In 1970, Bove married Ed Waterstreet, another deaf actor. They met while working together with the National Theatre for the Deaf.
Bove appeared in an episode of Happy Days as Allison, Arthur Fonzarelli's deaf girlfriend. She also performed on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow.
With her role on Search for Tomorrow, Bove became one of the first deaf actresses to become a regular on a soap opera series.
Bove debuted on Sesame Street circa 1971-72 as the deaf character Linda. On Sesame Street, she has introduced millions of children to sign language and issues surrounding the deaf community. Her character owns a very playful dog, Barkley.