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Kukla - Sweet round-faced puppet with a big red nose from the children's puppet show KUKLA, FRAN AND OLLIE/CBS/1948-54/ABC/1954-57.

Kukla & Ollie
Kukla and Ollie

Kukla (meaning "Doll" in Russian) received his name in the fall of 1936 when Russian Prima ballerina Tamara Toumanova visited the USA Puppeteer Burr Tillstrom who was a fan of the ballerina visited her backstage carrying his yet unnamed small hand puppet. When Tamara saw the puppet she exclaimed, "Kukla!"

Kukla and other Kuklapolitan puppet players included Oliver "Ollie" J. Dragon, Beulah the Witch, Fletcher Rabbit, Madam Ophelia, Ooglepuss, Colonel Cracky, Cecil Bill the sailor, and Clara Coo Coo.


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