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THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers

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]

Lady Elaine celebrates he birthday on February 21st.[13]


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]
Illustrated in Tomorrow on the Children's Corner (Songbook)
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]
Illustrated in the Trolley shape book
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 in Planet Purple
Illustrated on the King Friday XIII Celebrates LP
Illustrated on the cover of Time To Be Friends

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.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

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


Appearances

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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
  13. Episode 1291. Mister Rogers' Neighbohrood

 

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