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OTRC: Emily Squires, longtime 'Sesame Street' director, dies at 71

Emily Squires, a longtime television director and writer who worked on "Sesame Street" and other series, died at the age of 71 on Wednesday, November 21.

Squires died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, The Associated Press reported on November 23. Squires' husband, Len Belzer, told the wire service that the cause of death has not been determined.

Squires directed "Sesame Street" from 1982 to 2007. She also wrote for the show and worked on several TV specials for the series. Squires was also involved in other children's programs like PBS's "Between the Lions."

She was a scriptwriter for soap operas including "The Guiding Light," ''Search for Tomorrow," ''The Secret Storm" and "As the World Turns."

Squires won six Emmy Awards for her "Sesame Street" work. She later directed documentaries including "Visions of Perfect Worlds," a conversation with the Dalai Lama.

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