Alaina Reed Hall

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Alaina Reed Hall
Alaina Reed Hall.jpg
Reed Hall in 1969
Born(1946-11-10)November 10, 1946
DiedDecember 17, 2009(2009-12-17) (aged 63)
Other namesAlaina Reed
Alaina Reed-Amini
EducationKent State University
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1976–2009
Spouse(s)Richard Cook
(m. 1988; died 1991)

Tamim Amini
(m. 2008)

Alaina Reed Hall (November 10, 1946 – December 17, 2009) was an American actress and singer best known for her roles as Olivia Robinson, Gordon's younger sister, on the PBS children's television series Sesame Street, and as Rose Lee Holloway on the NBC sitcom 227.

Early years[edit]

In the mid-1960s, Reed attended Kent State University where she was active in many stage productions at KSU's E. Turner Stump Theater. These included The Streets of New York, It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman! and The Tragedy of Tragedies — The Life and Death of Tom Thumb The Great.

During this time, Reed was the lead singer of Tiny and the Velours, a vocal group that performed regularly at Kent's popular student nightspot, The Fifth Quarter.


Reed began her professional career in Philadelphia and off-Broadway productions. She was among the original cast members in the 1974 off-Broadway production of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road. Hall appeared in productions of Hair (Chicago in 1970 and the 1977 revival),[1] Chicago, and Eubie!.[2]

In 1976, she won the role of Olivia on the children's series Sesame Street. Her character was a photographer and the younger sister of Gordon. In 1985, she starred in the Sesame Street movie Follow That Bird, reprising her role as Olivia. That same year, Hall co-starred on the sitcom 227, frequently traveling between New York City (where Sesame Street is taped) and Los Angeles (where 227 was taped). Due to this schedule, she left Sesame Street in 1988.

After 227 ended in 1990, Hall appeared in guest roles on various TV shows, including Herman's Head and Blossom. She also provided the voice for animated characters on Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?. In 1995, Hall co-starred on the short-lived WB sitcom Cleghorne!, starring Ellen Cleghorne. The following year, she appeared in the television film The Cherokee Kid. She has since had recurring roles on Ally McBeal, Any Day Now, and ER.

In addition to stage and television work, Hall has also appeared in roles in feature films including Death Becomes Her (1992), Cruel Intentions (1999), and the 2007 independent feature I'm Through with White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks).

Personal life[edit]

She was married three times and had two children. Her first marriage was to Richard Cook with whom she had two children. The marriage ended in divorce. In December 1988, Reed married actor Kevin Peter Hall after meeting him when he guest starred on 227.[3] Hall died in April 1991 of complications from AIDS-related pneumonia. Hall had contracted HIV after receiving a contaminated blood transfusion during surgery for injuries he sustained in a car accident a year prior.[4][5] In 2008, Hall married Tamim Amini to whom she remained married until her death.[6]


On December 17, 2009, Hall died of breast cancer in Santa Monica, California at age 63.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird Olivia
1992 Death Becomes Her Martha
1993 Me and the Kid Sarah
1999 Cruel Intentions Nurse Olivia
2001 Chasing Sunsets Mrs. Stevens
2003 Scrambled Gert
2006 The Shift Mother
2007 I'm Through with White Girls... Jerri Moore
2007 A-Date Valerie Short film
Year Title Role Notes
1977–1992 Sesame Street Olivia Robinson 59 episodes
1978 Cindy Venus Television film
1978 Baby, I'm Back Jackie Episode: "You Bet Your Wife"
1985–1990 227 Rose Lee Holloway 115 episodes
1991-1993 Harry and the Hendersons Lorraine Hall 7 episodes
1992 Herman's Head Margaret Bracken Episode: "Bracken Up Is Hard to Do"
1992 A Different World Claims Officer Shirley Holmes Episode: "Occupational Hazards"
1993 Blossom Esther Smith Episode: "Big Doings: Part 2"
1995 Friends The Admissions Woman Episode: "The One with Two Parts: Part 2"
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Nurse Doris Berkey Episode: "Target: Jimmy Olsen"
1995 Cleghorne! Lena Carlson 15 episodes
1995 The Drew Carey Show Lois Perry Episode: "Pilot"
1996 The Cherokee Kid Ma Holsopple Television movie
1997 The Steve Harvey Show Corinthia Grier Episode: "I Do, I Don't"
1997 Between Brothers Vera Ford Episode: "Family Affair"
1997 NYPD Blue Mrs. Angela Cheevers Episode: "It Takes a Village"
1997–1998 Ally McBeal Judge Elizabeth Witt 3 episodes
1998 Caroline in the City Stanchfield Episode: "Caroline and the Cabbie"
1999 NewsRadio Ms. Rose Dawson Episode: "Apartment"
1998–2000 Any Day Now Aunt Della Watt 2 episodes
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Mrs. Minnie Mayweather Episode: "Loosely Ballroom"
2007 ER Betty Dixon 2 episodes


  1. ^ Good Hair Days by Jonathan Johnson; p 88
  2. ^ "Alaina Reed Hall Biography". Archived from the original on 2 December 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Actor Kevin Peter Hall Dies In L.A. At Age 35". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. 80 (2): 62. 2009-04-29. ISSN 0021-5996.
  4. ^ Snauffer, Douglas; Thurm, Joel (2008). The Show Must Go on: How the Deaths of Lead Actors Have Affected Television. McFarland. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-7864-3295-0.
  5. ^ "Kevin Peter Hall, Actor, 35". The New York Times. 1991-04-19. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  6. ^ a b Alaina Reed Hall dies at 63; actress was Olivia Robinson on 'Sesame Street'

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