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Tillstrom, Burrlocked

(13 October 1917–06 December 1985)
  • Ann T. Keene


Tillstrom, Burr (13 October 1917–06 December 1985), puppeteer, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Bert F. Tillstrom and Alice Burr. As a child Tillstrom enjoyed classic fairy tales and became a lifelong devotee of The Wizard of Oz. He became interested in his future career at an early age; when he was five years old he suffered from a long illness and passed the time by creating puppet shows for himself with his toys. As he recovered, he entertained neighborhood children by operating the puppets on his windowsill, inventing dialogue for them in different voices....

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