Obituaries

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.

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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.’’

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

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