Lady Elaine Fairchilde

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Lady Elaine Fairchilde first appeared on the Children’s Corner as a very unique, self-confident, and eccentric woman who operated the Rapid Walking Beauty Counseling and Professional Bridesmaid School in the Trolley Barn.

Carrying over to Misterogers and through the run of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, she moved from Someplace Else and took over as the curator of the Museum-Go-Round upon the departure of the Frogg family.[1]

Lady Elaine is the Neighborhood mischief maker and, having learned from the Wizard of Lupovich,[2] often uses her Boomerang-Toomerang-Soomerang to do things such as rearrange the Neighborhood or to turn it upside down.[3] She is credited with the discovery of Planet Purple which she found while flying in her spaceship. Lady Elaine also owns a helicopter named Yo-Yo[4] and once opened a pie restaurant in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.[5]

Lady Elaine Fairchilde is a long-time friends of Betty Okonak Templeton and Barbara Russell. Twice, Lady Elaine mistakenly thinks she is engaged to be married -- once to Corney and then to Neighbor Aber.[6] Lady Elaine also has a sister named Barbara [7] and regularly addresses others as "toots."

According to a Neighborhood census, Lady Elaine can whistle and her favorite color is red.[8] She plays the piano[9], the accordion[10], and the oboe and is the acting manager of MGR-TV where she produces a soap opera, As the Museum Turns.[11] A glimpse into Margret H. Witch’s crystal ball reveals that Lady Elaine will live to be at least 250 years old.[12]


Operas and Plays

Lady Elaine's experience with the Neighborhood operas and plays is quite extensive including the following parts:


Lady Elaine's Name and Background

According to the Archive for American Television interview with Fred Rogers: "My sister was adopted when she was six months old and I was eleven years old. And her name is Elaine. We tease her because she thinks that I must have named Lady Elaine Fairchild for her."

In Episode 1691, Robert Troll delivers a package to Lady Elaine which confirms her middle initial as it is addressed to "Miss Lady Elaine C. Fairchilde."


Puppet Demonstration

Mister Rogers demonstrates the Lady Elaine Fairchilde puppet in Episode 1384.


Images




Lady Elaine Fairchild
[Episode 0005]
At the Museum-Go-Round
[Episode 1309]
Puppet demonstration
[Episode 1384]
On MGR-TV
[Episode 1384]
Lady Elaine Fairchilde
[Episode 1463]
Playing her accordion
[Episode 1600]
Performing in the soap opera
[Episode 1665]
With her boomerang
[Episode 1695]
Lady Elaine
[Episode 1765]
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Seen in Margret H. Witch’s crystal ball [Episode 1456]
Evil witch in The Snow People
[Episode 1245]
Farmer's wife in Potato Bugs and Cows [Episode 1300]
Wicked witch in A Key to Otherland [Episode 1425]
Hildegard Hummingbird in Bubbleland [Episode 1475]
Lady Elaine as a star in A Star for Kitty [Episode 1565]
Illustrated on the King Friday XIII Celebrates LP
Illustrated on the cover of Time To Be Friends
Illustrated in Planet Purple
Illustrated in the Trolley shape book
Illustrated in Tomorrow on the Children's Corner (Songbook)

Merchandise


Notes

  • Although Lady Elaine does not physically appear in Episode 1235, her voice is heard calling over the radio from outer space.
  • In Episode 1702, Lady Elaine dreams of herself the size of a real human being. It is unknown who the performer is who plays Lady Elaine in this human-size role.
  • In Episode 1503, as Lady Elaine is lowered to the mountaintop with a sculpture of her own head, a rare glimpse of her full body can be seen.

 

  • Lade Elaine does not visibly appear in Episode 1234; however, she plays a prominent role in that episode's Make-Believe segment as he speaks through a squawk box from Jupiter.

Puppet / Costume Variations

0008 Dresses up as a noisy dove of peace
0084 Dress as campsite owner
0113 Wears pajamas
0119, 0120 Dresses as a cowgirl
1008, 1009 Wears a painter's smock and hat
1033 Dresses as a fortune teller
1056 Wears scout uniform
1125 Dresses up as the housewife
1197 Dresses up in a “disguise”
1231, 1232, 1233, 1236 Wears astronaut suit
1239, 1240 Wears purple dress
1245 Dresses up as the evil witch
1276 Wears purple cow costume
1300 Dresses up as the farmer’s wife
1327 Wears a Neighborhood Sweethearts costume
1362, 1363, 1364 Wears a red coat and hat
1394 Wears fancy dress
1409 Wears sunglasses
1425 Dresses up as the wicked witch
1435 Wears bucket-shaped party hat
1437 Wears cape
1446 Wears several costumes
1453 Puts on witch’s hat
1456 Seen in the future (250 yrs old)
1474, 1475 Dresses up as Hildegard Hummingbird
1487 Puts on travel hat
1488, 1490 Wears sun visor
1496 Tries on her homemade chapeau
1503 Feet and legs shown
1515 Wears warm hat and scarf
1524 Wears straw hat
1526, 1527, 1598 Wears painting/work hat
1537 Wears work clothes
1544, 1545 Wear bridesmaid dress
1563 Wears nightgown
1565 Dresses up as a star
1572, 1573, 1574, 1575 Wears fancy clothes for her Always Happy Dance Studio
1589, 1590 Wears nightgown and hat
1598 Wears work clothes
1601 Tries on Randy S. Caribou’s sombrero
1605 Puts on team uniform
1639 Enters wearing an emergency light on her head
1665 Dresses up for the soap opera
1671, 1672 Puts on/wears swami hat
1674, 1675 Wears a three cornered scarf
1675 Wears 18th century wig
1690 Puts on a party hat
1691 Wears an apron
1715 Wears a fancy hat
1717, 1718, 1719, 1720 Wears a propeller hat and wings
1728, 1729, 1730 Puts on/wears gorilla catcher clothes and hat
1732, 1734 Wears flying suit, goggles, and headset
1740 Puts on outerspace costume
1750 Dresses up for her exhibit of round things
1760 Wears a Reading Game cap

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

In Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Lady Elaine continues to live in the Museum-Go-Round with her daughter Miss Elaina.


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References

  1. Episode 1003. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  2. Episode 1036. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  3. Episode 1605. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  4. Episode 1734. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  5. Episode 1074. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  6. Episode 1598. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  7. Episode 1481. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  8. Episode 1652. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  9. Episode 1278. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  10. Episode 1280. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  11. Episode 1665. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  12. Episode 1456. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

 

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