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The Electric Company

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See Morgan Freeman Play a Vegetable-Loving Vampire in This 1970s TV Clip

Originally posted 07/17/2014 08:30AM

If you weren't a child of the '70s, you may have been unaware of The Electric Company, an educational sketch show that originally aired on PBS from 1971 to 1977.

Aimed at kids who had aged out of Sesame Street, the show starred Hollywood legends Rita Moreno, Morgan Freeman and Bill Cosby (for the first two years, at least). More than 40 years after its premiere, the comedy of The Electric Company still stands up, as this clip of Freeman playing "Vincent the Vegetable Vampire" proves.

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Lee Chamberlin, The Electric Company Star, Dies at 76 | Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno

Lee Chamberlin, The Electric Company Star, Dies at 76

Originally posted 06/04/2014 08:15AM

Lee Chamberlin, an original cast member of the 1970s PBS children's show The Electric Company, and who then went on to a decades-long acting career on stage and screen, died Monday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, of metastatic cancer, The New York Times reports. She was 76.

The actress, who was living in Paris, had been visiting her son Matthew at the time of her death.

Chamberlin – who starred on The Electric Company alongside Bill Cosby, Rita Moreno and then-newcomer Morgan Freeman – played the character Vi, who owned a diner and sang duets with Freeman.

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