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Biography, Personal Life & Facts of Caroll Spinney’s wife Debra Spinney

Biography, Personal Life & Facts of Caroll Spinney’s wife Debra Spinney

Facts of Debra Spinney

Full Name: Debra Spinney
Birth Date: January 11, 1951
Age: 71 years
Gender: Female
Country: United States
Horoscope: Capricorn
HusbandCaroll Spinney(m. 1979–2019)
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorDark Brown
Birth PlaceQueens, New York City
StatusWidow
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityMixed
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Debra Spinney is an American actress who is well-known for being the wife of American puppeteer, & cartoonist, Caroll Spinney. Also, she is popular for her work on Follow That Bird (1985), Big Bird in China (1983) and I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014).

Early Life of Debra Spinney

On January 11, 1951, Debra Spinney was born in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. Her birth name is Debra Jean Gilroy. By nationality, Debra is American and belongs to mixed ethnicity.

Debra Spinney Married Life with Caroll Spinney

Debra Spinney happily married her husband Caroll Spinney until his death. Currently, she is single now living as a widow of her late husband. Her late husband Caroll was married twice in his life. The couple met for the first time on the Set of Sesame Street.

Debra Spinney with her late husband Caroll
Caption: Debra Spinney with her late husband Caroll (Photo: Heavy)

At that time, she was working for the non-profit organization that produced Sesame Street, the Children’s Television Workshop, in the community education department in the early 1970s. In the year 2018, she joked to the New York Times when she first met Caroll Spinney, she

“couldn’t believe Big Bird was coming up and talking to me.”

The couple started getting to know each other in the year 1972 after a divorce from his first wife. After dating for several years, the couple decided to get married. In the year 1979, Debra Spinney exchanged the wedding vows with her husband Caroll Spinney in the presence of friends & family.

Debra Spinney with her late husband Caroll
Caption: Debra Spinney with her late husband Caroll (Photo: The Vineyard Gazette)

The couple had a happy marital life until the death of her husband. In their married life, the couple didn’t welcome any kids. The couple lived together until the death of her husband.

Her Husband First Wife & Kids

In the year 1960, her late husband Caroll was married to his wife Janice Spinney. In the beginning phase of their married life, the couple seems to have an unbreakable relationship. But as time passes disputes arise in their relationship with a caused divorce.

Debra Spinney with her late husband in early day of their married life
Caption: Debra Spinney with her late husband in the early day of their married life (Photo: Jim Henson- The Muppet Master)

The former couple was blessed with three children from their relationship. They are Jessica Spinney, Melissa Spinney, and Ben Spinney. According to different reports, his wife was “embarrassed” by his career in puppetry. Unfortunately, the couple finalized their divorce in the year 1971 after 11 years of their married life.

 Net Worth of Debra Spinney

American actress, Debra Spinney might have earned a decent net worth from her career. From her work, she might have earned a decent sum of money. Being a celebrity wife, she is living a luxurious life from her husband worth that, he had left for her.

Debra Spinney late husband driving a car
Caption: Debra Spinney late husband driving a car (Photo: The Patriot Ledger)

Debra’s husband Caroll estimated a net worth of around $8 million as of 2022 with an excellent salary of around $2 million at the time of his death. From his professional career, he has earned fame as well as wealth. Debra is living a luxurious life from her late husband’s worth.

Death of Debra Spinney’s Husband

Debra Spinney happily married her husband Caroll Spinney until his death on December 8, 2019.  His main cause of death is muscle contractions. He had dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that causes muscle contractions.

Debra Spinney's late husband Caroll
Caption: Debra Spinney’s late husband Caroll (Photo: The Vineyard Gazette)

At the age of 85 years old her husband, Caroll died at his home in Woodstock, Connecticut, on December 8, 2019.

Who is Her Husband?

Her late husband Caroll spinney was an American puppeteer and cartoonist. He was well-known for playing the characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the television series Sesame Street. He was born in December 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Debra Spinney's late husband Caroll Spinney
Caption: Debra Spinney’s late husband Caroll Spinney (Photo: KXAN)

As a child, he began painting and drawing and became interested in puppeteering after attending Punch and Judy shows. After that, he joined Sesame Street for its inaugural season in 1969. In the year 1971, he won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children for Sesame Street.

Then in the same year, he won a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Sesame Street. In the year 2006, he has five Daytime Emmy Awards for Sesame Street including a Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd in the year 1994.

FAQs of Debra Spinney

Who is Debra Spinney?

Debra Spinney is an American actress who is well-known for being the wife of American puppeteer, & cartoonist, Caroll Spinney. Also, she is popular for her work on Follow That Bird (1985), Big Bird in China (1983) and I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014).

When was Debra Spinney born?

On January 11, 1951, Debra Spinney was born in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. By nationality, Debra is American and belongs to mixed ethnicity.

What is Debra Spinney’s real name?

Her birth name is Debra Jean Gilroy.