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[[Image:Carolywilcoxpuppet.jpg|frame|Wilcox performing on ''Sesame Street'' with [[Caroll Spinney]] and [[Frank Oz]].]]
 
[[Image:Carolywilcoxpuppet.jpg|frame|Wilcox performing on ''Sesame Street'' with [[Caroll Spinney]] and [[Frank Oz]].]]
 
[[Image:Carolywilcox.jpg|frame|Wilcox working on [[Betsy Bird]].]]
 
[[Image:Carolywilcox.jpg|frame|Wilcox working on [[Betsy Bird]].]]
'''Caroly Wilcox''' began working in the [[New York Muppet Workshop]] in [[1969]], as work on ''[[Sesame Street]]'' began. Wilcox originally worked as an occasional puppeteer as well as a builder and designer, assisting on [[Ernie]] and performing in occasional sketches (such as "[[First and Last (sketch)|First and Last]]"). According to ''[[Quilting with the Muppets]]'', she also made occasional cameos as the school bus driver.
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'''Caroly Wilcox''' began working in the [[New York Muppet Workshop]] in [[1969]], as work on ''[[Sesame Street]]'' began. Wilcox originally worked as an occasional puppeteer (assisting on [[Ernie]] and performing in such skits as "[[First and Last (sketch)|First and Last]]") as well as building and designing. According to ''[[Quilting with the Muppets]]'', she also made occasional cameos as the school bus driver.
   
Wilcox became the workshop supervisor for the Sesame Muppets, and remained so until her retirement in [[1990]]. Wilcox was viewed as the expert Muppet maker; she trained many of the Muppet builders.
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Wilcox became the workshop supervisor for the ''Sesame'' Muppets, and remained in that post until her retirement in [[1990]]. Her [[1979]] design sketch for a red [[Anything Monsters|monster]] would eventually become a star character as [[Elmo]].<ref>Falk, Karen. ''[[Imagination Illustrated]]''. p. 180</ref> As with the other designers, not all of her ideas reached fruition: she conceived and drew "[[Mr. Snuffleupagus|Snuffy's]] Baby Brother," to be operated by one smaller person and "having only two legs when young (tadpole like). Mature is 4."<ref>Falk, Karen. ''[[Imagination Illustrated]]''. p. 115</ref>
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She was also a key designer/builder for ''[[The Muppet Show]]'' and movies, notably directing the creation of a special [[Miss Piggy]] puppet for use in the underwater scenes in ''[[The Great Muppet Caper]]''.<ref>Jones, Brian Jay. ''[[Jim Henson: The Biography]]''. p. 321</ref> In many cases, her task involved the practical side, adding annotations to help translate character sketches by [[Jim Henson]] into physical puppets, noting how a performer should operate a character, and even coordinating the options for shooting the parachute drop in '' Great Muppet Caper''. Wilcox was viewed as the expert Muppet maker; she trained many of the Muppet builders.
   
 
==Puppeteer==
 
==Puppeteer==
 
*''[[Sesame Street]]''
 
*''[[Sesame Street]]''
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*''[[Julie on Sesame Street]]''
 
*''[[The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence]]''
 
*''[[The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence]]''
 
*''[[The Muppet Movie]]''
 
*''[[The Muppet Movie]]''
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==Designer/Builder==
 
==Designer/Builder==
*''[[Sesame Street]]'' - Workshop Supervisor
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*''[[Sesame Street]]'' - Workshop Supervisor; designed [[Elmo]], built [[Two-Headed Monster]], [[The Martians]], various monsters (including [[Kermit the Frog]]), many animals
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*''[[The Great Santa Claus Switch]]'' - Puppet construction
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*''[[The Frog Prince]]'' - Puppet costumes
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*''[[The Muppet Musicians of Bremen]]'' - Built [[Chickens]], designed and built other animals
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*''[[The Dick Cavett Show]]'' - sketch ideas for "[[A Change of Face]]" skit<ref>Falk, Karen. ''[[Imagination Illustrated]]''. p. 88</ref>
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*''[[The Muppets Valentine Show]]'' - built [[Mildred Huxtetter]], [[Big Mouse]]
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*''[[Out to Lunch]]'' - Puppet designs/costumes
 
*''[[Saturday Night Live]]'' - built [[Scred]]
 
*''[[Saturday Night Live]]'' - built [[Scred]]
*''[[The Muppet Show]]'' - built [[Mildred Huxtetter]], [[Sopwith the Camel]], [[Doglion]], [[Deer]], and [[Betsy Bird]] (with [[Cheryl Blaylock]])
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*''[[The Muppet Show]]'' - built Mildred Huxtetter, [[The Snowths]], [[Sopwith the Camel]], [[Doglion]], [[Deer]], [[Betsy Bird]] (with [[Cheryl Blaylock]]), and many others
*''[[Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas]]''
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*''[[Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas]]'' - built [[Harvey Beaver|Harvey]], [[Will Possum]], muskrats, others
*''[[The Great Muppet Caper]]''
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*''[[The Muppet Movie]]'' - Muppet designer
 
*''[[Christmas Eve on Sesame Street]]''
 
*''[[Christmas Eve on Sesame Street]]''
*''[[Fraggle Rock]]''
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*''[[John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together]]'' - Lead designer/builder for [[Jesus Christ|Nativity Muppets]]
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*''[[The Great Muppet Caper]]'' - Muppet designer/builder; supervising aquatic Miss Piggy, other tasks
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*''[[The Muppets Go to the Movies]]'' - Muppet designer
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*''[[Fraggle Rock]]'' - Muppet designer
 
*''[[Follow That Bird]]'' - built [[Miss Finch]]
 
*''[[Follow That Bird]]'' - built [[Miss Finch]]
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*''[[The Muppet Show: On Tour!]]'' - Underwater puppet design
 
*''[[Puppetman]]'' - built [[Earl]] (with [[Jitka Exler]])
 
*''[[Puppetman]]'' - built [[Earl]] (with [[Jitka Exler]])
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==Sources==
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<References/>
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[[Category:Muppet Puppeteers|Wilcox, Caroly]]
 
[[Category:Muppet Puppeteers|Wilcox, Caroly]]
 
[[Category:Designers|Wilcox]]
 
[[Category:Designers|Wilcox]]

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Wilcox performing on Sesame Street with Caroll Spinney and Frank Oz.

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Wilcox working on Betsy Bird.

Caroly Wilcox began working in the New York Muppet Workshop in 1969, as work on Sesame Street began. Wilcox originally worked as an occasional puppeteer (assisting on Ernie and performing in such skits as "First and Last") as well as building and designing. According to Quilting with the Muppets, she also made occasional cameos as the school bus driver.

Wilcox became the workshop supervisor for the Sesame Muppets, and remained in that post until her retirement in 1990. Her 1979 design sketch for a red monster would eventually become a star character as Elmo.[1] As with the other designers, not all of her ideas reached fruition: she conceived and drew "Snuffy's Baby Brother," to be operated by one smaller person and "having only two legs when young (tadpole like). Mature is 4."[2]

She was also a key designer/builder for The Muppet Show and movies, notably directing the creation of a special Miss Piggy puppet for use in the underwater scenes in The Great Muppet Caper.[3] In many cases, her task involved the practical side, adding annotations to help translate character sketches by Jim Henson into physical puppets, noting how a performer should operate a character, and even coordinating the options for shooting the parachute drop in Great Muppet Caper. Wilcox was viewed as the expert Muppet maker; she trained many of the Muppet builders.

Puppeteer

Designer/Builder

Sources

  1. Falk, Karen. Imagination Illustrated. p. 180
  2. Falk, Karen. Imagination Illustrated. p. 115
  3. Jones, Brian Jay. Jim Henson: The Biography. p. 321
  4. Falk, Karen. Imagination Illustrated. p. 88
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