Partner Christopher Lyall

Kermit Ernest Hollingshead Love (August 7, 1916 – June 21, 2008) was an American puppet maker, puppeteer, costume designer, and actor in children's television and on Broadway. He was best known as a designer and builder with the Muppets, in particular those on Sesame Street. The work of Broadway's gay and lesbian artistic community went on display in 2007 when the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation Gallery presents "StageStruck: The Magic of Theatre Design." The exhibit was conceived to highlight the achievements of gay and lesbian designers who work in conjunction with fellow gay and lesbian playwrights, directors, choreographers and composers. Original sketches, props, set pieces and models — some from private collections — represent the work of over 60 designers, including Kermit Love.

Love was born in Spring Lake, New Jersey on August 7, 1916 to Ernest and Alice Love.[1] He was raised by his grandmother and great-grandmother following after his mother's death when he was three years old.[1]

Although he was American, Love often spoke with an English accent.[2]

He resided in Stanfordville, New York and was survived by Christopher Lyall, his partner of 50 years.[1]

Love died on June 21, 2008, of congestive heart failure[6] and pneumonia in Poughkeepsie, New York.[2][3]

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