Howdy Doody puppeteer
Margo Rose, 94
Thursday, September 18, 1997
The Associated Press
NEW LONDON, Conn. --
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Margo Rose, who with her husband
formed the puppeteering team responsible for bringing Howdy
Doody to life, has died. She was 94.
She died Saturday at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Rose and her late husband, Rufus Rose, were internationally
acclaimed puppeteers. They met while working as actors and
puppeteers in the same company in 1928. In 1931, the couple
formed Rufus Rose Marionettes, producing shows and giving
The couple built a house and studio in Waterford, Conn., in 1943.
It was there that they launched the first festival for Puppeteers of
America, a group they helped form in 1937.
In 1952, they were hired for "The Howdy Doody Show," and
worked for 10 years entertaining America's children by bringing
life to the partner of Buffalo Bob Smith.
This year, Mrs. Rose was inducted into the Connecticut
Women's Hall of Fame. The puppets she created were the subject
of an exhibit last year at the New York Public Library for the
Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Mrs. Rose was born Margaret Skewis on Jan. 31, 1903, in Inway,
Iowa. She is survived by three sons, nine grandchildren, and three
The family plans no funeral service, but said a celebration of her
life will be scheduled at a future date.
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