Linda is Deaf, as is her performer. As a Deaf character, Linda allowed the producers of Sesame Street to teach viewers about sign language and address issues faced by Deaf people. Her segments and appearances often focused on American Sign Language (ASL), such as "Signs for the Hearing". She also featured in several sketches with other human cast members, and appeared in several Maria as Chaplin skits.
She and Bob were very close, and a romantic relationship between the two was implied at various times. For a time, Linda was the owner of Barkley the dog, who could understand some ASL. Occasionally, her thoughts were read aloud by other performers, including Ivy Austin in Episode 2485 and Fran Brill in Episode 3059.
Linda also participated in some songs using ASL, such as "Sing" with Olivia in Episode 1330. In the 1978 TV special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, she led a group of kids who signed the entirety of "Keep Christmas with You".
The character no longer appears on the show, but some of her archive segments were used after her departure (as in Episode 4152), and she was continued to be mentioned in Sesame Street Magazine and in Episode 4106 about Bob's deaf niece Samara.
- Sesame Street (1972 - 2002)
- Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
- Follow That Bird
- Don't Eat the Pictures
- Elmo's World: Dogs