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Emily Squires, ‘Sesame Street’ director, soap opera writer; 71

EMILY SQUIRES

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EMILY SQUIRES

NEW YORK — Emily Squires, a longtime ‘‘Sesame Street’’ director who also worked on several soap operas, inc­luding ‘‘The Guiding Light’’ and ‘‘As the World Turns,’’ has died.

She was 71.

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Ms. Squires died Wednesday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Her husband, Len Belzer, said Friday that the cause of death had not been determined.

Ms. Squires directed the ‘‘Sesame Street’’ children’s television series from 1982 to 2007 while also writing for the program.

She directed several ‘‘Sesame Street’’ television specials as well as other children’s ­programs such as the PBS show ‘‘Between the Lions,’’ which promoted reading.

She was also a scriptwriter for soap operas, including ‘‘The Guiding Light,’’ “Search for ­Tomorrow,’’ “The Secret Storm,’’ and ‘‘As the World Turns.’’

Ms. Squires later directed documentaries, including ­‘‘Visions of Perfect Worlds,’’ a conversation with the Dalai ­Lama.

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