Paula

Paula Sleijp (b. 21 februari 1931- d. 9 november 2019) played Paula on Sesamstraat, the Dutch co-production of Sesame Street.

Paula took over the part of the grandmother character from Mieke Verstraete in 1982. During the first years, she was a sweet old lady, but starting in the 20th anniversary episode in 1996, Paula has a bit of a temper and sometimes acts a little stern towards her neighbors.

Paula used to dress up as the Baroness every now and then, a silly lady with a French accent. Meneer Aart had a bit of a crush on her, given his love for authority.

In March 2010, she had to stop because of health problems. For this, they aired a 25 minute special on March 26th, where they showed Paula's best sketches through the years.

She was interviewed about her departure and time on the show on the Belgian radio channel Q-Music.

Sleijp was born in Mechelen, Belgium.

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