"'Sesame Street' wasn't Dick and Jane's old neighborhood with the picket fence. That intrigued me."
About This Interview
In her one-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Loretta Long talks about her role as "Susan" on the classic children's series Sesame Street, which she had played continuously for the entire 35-year run of the show up to the time of the interview. Long describes her early years growing up on a farm and having aspirations for a life in show business. She talks about entering the work force as a substitute teacher while she auditioned for acting parts in New York City. She briefly describes her early work in local television, including Soul, an African-American variety series she co-hosted, which indirectly led her to Sesame Street. Regarding Sesame Street, she vividly describes her audition (during which she sang, "I'm a Little Teapot") and talks about the earliest years of the series. She describes the ethnic diversity of Sesame Street and the role of the National Association of Woman (NOW) in getting more attention placed on her character. Finally, Long speaks about pursuing her PhD in Education, while still appearing on the show. Karen Herman conducted the interview on July 21, 2004 at the Sesame Workshop in New York, NY.