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Mime Lady

Played by Nikki Tilroe

The Mime Lady interacts with the audience in her own segments of the show, with TXL providing voiceovers.  In 1981, her normal set was completely white.  White floor, and white background.  After 1981, the Mime Lady's set was primarily black.  The background was black, as was the edge of the floor.  The centerpiece of the set was a white circle in the middle of the floor, which is where the Mime Lady did all her interacting.

Our Mime Lady also wore two outfits over the course of the series.  From 1981 to 1984, she wore a white shirt and white pants with striped suspenders.  From 1985 to 1987, she wore a white ruffled dress.  The Mime Lady also wore two different hairstyles.  From 1981 to 1985, she had straight hair tied in two ponytails.  In 1986 and 1987, she wore a shorter hairstyle, with curls.

Nikki Tilroe, who played the Mime Lady, was also Today's Special's "utility player".  Nikki Tilroe was the one to do an extra puppet character, provide a voice, or hop into a large costume.  She was the one to play Wanda Willoby in 1984's Babies and 1985's Letters.  She also provided the voice of Hazel on 1984's Butterflies.  Nikki Tilroe also portrayed the magic dragon in the story "Byron the Grump and the Magic Dragon".  And, most notably, Nikki Tilroe was the one inside the Blue Cow costume in 1985's Live on Stage and 1986's The Blue Cow, bringing Emily the Blue Cow to life.

Sadly, Nikki Tilroe passed away on September 1, 2005 at the end of a battle with liver and kidney ailments.

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