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By The Skanner News
Published: 23 December 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Alaina Reed-Amini, the Broadway star and TV actress best known for her long-running roles on "Sesame Street" and "227," has died. She was 63.
Reed-Amini died Dec. 17 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica after a two-year battle with breast cancer, her publicist Billy Laurence said Monday.
Previously known as Alaina Reed Hall, she remarried in 2008. Her stage credits include ``Chicago'' and ``Hair.'' She appeared in several movies, including ``Cruel Intentions'' and ``Death Becomes Her,'' and in guest-starring roles on numerous TV shows such as ``ER,'' ``NYPD Blue,'' ``The Drew Carey Show'' and ``Ally McBeal.''
Reed-Amini joined the ``Sesame Street'' cast in 1976 and played Olivia, a photographer and sister of the character Gordon. She remained on the show until 1988.
She starred on NBC's ``227'' from 1985 to 1990, playing the landlady and best friend of the show's main character. On the show's final season, Reed-Amini married a character played by her real-life husband, Kevin Peter Hall, who died in 1991.
Born Bernice Reed in Springfield, Ohio, on Nov. 10, 1946, Reed-Amini is survived by her husband, Tamim Amini, and two children from a previous marriage. According to her husband, no funeral or memorial services will be held, but a celebration of her life is being planned for next year.

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