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Bil Baird

Born 1904-15-01 Grand Island, NE

Buried 1987-03-18

William Britton Baird, professional name Bil Baird, but often referred to as Bill Baird, was an American puppeteer of the mid- and late 20th century.
One of his better known creations was Charlemane the lion. He and his wife Cora Eisenberg Baird (1912–1967) produced and performed the famous puppetry sequence for "The Lonely Goatherd" in the film version of The Sound of Music.
Baird also created the expandable nose Peter Noone wore as Pinocchio in the 1968 musical adaptation of the Carlo Collodi story that aired on NBC as a Hallmark Hall of Fame special.

Places Lived

Grand Island, NE
New York

Author Of

  • Nonfiction

Keywords

Pupeteering

Bibliography

Schnitzel the Yodeling Goat. 1965.
The Art of the Puppet. 1968.

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