'Thunderbirds' Co-Creator Sylvia Anderson Dies at 88 | NBC Chicago

'Thunderbirds' Co-Creator Sylvia Anderson Dies at 88



    "Thunderbirds" co-creator Sylvia Anderson poses with the puppet Lady Penelope in London after the doll was sold at auction for 34,500 pounds Sterling (US$56,500) Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1995.

    Sylvia Anderson, the co-creator of the cult classic science fiction TV puppet show "Thunderbirds," has died at 88.

    Publicist Richard Leon said the writer and producer died Wednesday at her home in Bray, 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of London, after a short illness.

    She created the series about a high-tech rescue squad operating from a secret island with her late former husband Gerry Anderson, who died in 2012. The show made its debut in 1965.

    Sylvia Anderson also voiced and provided inspiration for the upper-crust character Lady Penelope — who like all the other characters in the series was a marionette.

    A reboot of the series featuring live-action and CGI is set to debut on Amazon later this year. 

    Sylvia Anderson had a long career in television, including working for HBO in Britain.

    She is survived by her daughter Dee Anderson, son Gerry Anderson Jr., four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.