Emily Squires, a Sesame Street producer, passed away this week in what is proving to be a sad holiday period indeed for Sesame Workshop.
Emily Squires was 71, and had long worked on Sesame Street before her death Wednesday at a New York City hospital. Squires — who also did work on Between The Lions and soaps The Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow, The Secret Storm and As the World Turns – was a director on the famed children’s educational program for 25 years, between 1982 and 2007.
An initial report on Emily Squires’ death indicates that she passed away at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, and husband Len Belzer says the cause of the director’s death is not yet known.
Throughout her career, Squires had been acclaimed for her work, and the director won six Emmy Awards for her work on Sesame Street alone. In addition, she was nominated for three Writers Guild of America awards in the Daytime Serials category, for work she had done on Guiding Light and Search for Tomorrow.
Emily Squires had also been acknowledged in the categories of Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team, and Outstanding Directing in a Children’s series with fifteen Daytime Emmys nominations, for work on Guiding Light, As the World Turns, Sesame Street, and Between the Lions.
The longtime Sesame Street director’s Thanksgiving eve death was a sad footnote to a long and trying week for Sesame Workshop, as well as the loss of another longtime vet with the resignation of Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash following a sex scandal.