Judy Freudberg in the Sesame Street writer's room, A&E Biography: Sesame Street.

Judy Freudberg Elmo

With Elmo.

Judy Freudberg (1949 - June 10, 2012) started her career with Sesame Street in Season 3 as a script typist, a production assistant from Season 5 to Season 6, and became a writer by Season 7. In 1985, she co-wrote the first Sesame Street theatrical feature, Follow That Bird, with Tony Geiss. She co-created the Elmo's World segment and served as its head writer.

Celebrities for whom she wrote sketches on Sesame Street include Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Bill Irwin, B.B. King, Jodie Foster, Ellen DeGeneres, Maya Angelou, Michael Jeter, Shari Lewis, Gregory Hines and Susan Sarandon.[1]

Freudberg graduated from Syracuse University in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in speech and dramatic arts.[2] Her other credits, often co-writing with Geiss, include the animated feature films The Land Before Time and An American Tail for Steven Spielberg, and The Upside Down Show for Nickelodeon.






  1. "Judy Freudberg, Writer on 'Sesame Street' for Nearly Four Decades, Dies at 63" by Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter 6/13/20
  2. Syracuse Alumni Journal Fall 2008

External links

Start a Discussion Discussions about Judy Freudberg

  • Judy Freudberg archives @ Syracuse

    11 messages
    • Thanks for the breakdown. I should really just call them up and make the drive over some weekend.
    • Looking at some of the incomplete guide pages, it seems like there's a few somewhat important episode scripts that'd be cool to see f...
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+