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Transcript of Linda Bove
Attended National Theater for the Deaf
Joined their company
Met future husband Ed Waterstreet
Married in 1970
Born Nov. 30, 1945
Parents were Both Deaf
Fluent in ASL
St. Joseph's School for the Deaf in the Bronx, New York
New Jersey School for the Deaf Trenton, New Jersey
"When a hearing actor plays a deaf character, audiences are denied a more authentic experience. Even an audience that may not know any better, they are just going to swallow the portrayal they are given and not know that it may or may not be accurate. I think you're perpetuating cultural misunderstandings and linguistic misunderstandings." WNYC Interview
By: Kelsey Dethrow
Joined National Theater for the Deaf
Came to Sesame Street in 1971
Joined Full time Cast in 1977
Remained with the Cast until 2003
Linda played a serious Love interest for Fonzie on "Happy Days"
Co-Founded the Deaf West Theater with husband in LA
Bove holds the honor of the longest recurring role in television history for a disabled person.
Spoke out to Governor Cuomo about Budget proposals
Member of Non Traditional Casting Project
Still Performs with Ed
Thoughts on Sesame Street
"When I joined the cast I found the writers would write about 'How would a deaf person do this?' 'How does a deaf person do that?' And it was just related to my deafness and it didn't feel like they were treating me as a person. I found my character one-dimensional and kind of boring. It showed how brave a deaf person was to do this and that in everday life. I said it was no big deal. I have a sense of humor; why don't you show that? I can be angry over something. Show that I can have a relationship with another person. Maybe a love relationship with Bob. It's not perfect, but... We do have misunderstandings over sign language, make fun of it, and show the funny side of it. It's OK. "