Big Bird through the years
A look at the beloved "Sesame Street" character through the years
First lady Rosalynn Carter and daughter Amy hosted a Christmas party in Washington at the White House for diplomatic children from all embassies in the Washington area and “Sesame Street's” Big Bird showed up for the party. Shown from left meeting Big Bird are Amy Carter holding nephew James, 1, Jason, 3 and standing in back are newscaster Walter Cronkite and Rosalynn Carter. Cronkite took part in the program for the children. (Dec. 21, 1978)
Jim Henson and some of his famous creations -- Big Bird, Miss Piggy and Kermit -- gather with the other Muppets.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Inc. and “Sesame Street” characters joined forces. From the back row, Big Bird and Abelardo; third row, left to right, Celinba, Carlo and Luis from “Sesame Street”; second row, left to right: Fidel, a member of Lincoln Center Kids' Chorus, “Sesame Street's” Rosita, Judith Clurman a music director for Lincoln Center, and Ari from the Lincoln Center's Kids' Chorus. Front row: : Comedian Ruth Buzzi and Josh, a member of Lincoln Center Kids Chorus, in an undated photo.
Big Bird on "Sesame Street." (Aug. 29, 1988)
Ford Motor Co. and Children's Television Workshop -- the producer of “Sesame Street" -- announced they are teaming together to teach young families about occupant safety. With the messages, " Buckle Up with Big Bird” and “Ford and 'Sesame Street' Educate Families Together, " the partnership will teach children to always wear safety belts and sit in the backseat.
Daphne Rubin-Vega is leaving her smash Broadway hit “Rent” but you can still see her on her new Sony Wonder ""Sesame Street”” home video “Quiet Time.” On the video, Daphne helps Big Bird find quiet time activities and joins him in singing the title song. “Quiet Time” is in stores this week.
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton enjoys her time with Big Bird from the Chinese-language version of “Sesame Street” during a dedication ceremony at the new Shanghai Children's Medical Center. China's most advanced children's hospital. (June 30, 1998)
Big Bird and Snuffleupagus on the set of "Sesame Street."
Big Bird takes a break during production.
Denver Broncos' running back Terrell Davis and Big Bird salute each other during the taping of “Sesame Street” in Manhattan. As a part of "Sesame Street's" 30th season celebration, Davis made a guest appearance to recite the alphabet, admitting that his favorite letters were “T” and “D,” and “M, V and P.” The episode will air nationwide later this season. (Dec. 15, 1998)
A new 33-cent U.S. stamp, honoring “Sesame Street'' and featuring Big Bird has been released as part of the Celebrate the Century series honoring the 1970s. The public television program, extremely popular with preschool children, is now being shown in more than 140 countries.
The “Sesame Street” characters on stage
Bird Bird and Tony Bennett
Big Bird in Manhattan at the “Sesame Street” Workshop. (Feb. 6, 2003)
First lady Laura Bush, right, visits with “Sesame Street's” Elmo and Big Bird after taping a segment on the children's show in Manhattan. Bush read a book with Elmo, Big Bird and a few children as part of the show's Reading is Fundamental program. (Sept. 19, 2012)
The 35th birthday party for “Sesame Street"
Joe Allbaugh, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), tapes a video with Big Bird and Rosita in Manhattan. The video is part of a project between FEMA and the Sesame Street Workshop to develop educational materials that help children cope with stress and trauma related to the attacks on the World Trade Center. (Feb. 6, 2003)
This undated photo supplied by the Sesame Workshop shows Caroll Spinney and his alter ego,""Sesame Street” icon Big Bird. Spinney, who also plays the role of Oscar the Grouch, will receive the lifetime achievement award at this year's Daytime Emmy Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced. (Jan. 18, 2006)
Big Bird joined the festivities as Bette Midler and the mayor plant Tree No. 1 to kick off Million Trees NYC.
Big Bird arrives at the 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. (Aug. 30, 2009)
"Sesame Street" character Big Bird, with performer Christopher Ellis, will perform in the upcoming “Sesame Street Live” production in “Elmo's Healthy Heroes” to play at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale.