Muppets’ designer Jane Henson dies


 

Jane Nebel Henson, the former wife of Muppets creator Jim Henson who was influential in the creation of the popular U.S. TV puppet programme, died on Tuesday (April 2) following a long bout with cancer. She was 78 years old. Kathi Urban reports.

(Reuters) – Jane Nebel Henson, the former wife of Muppets creator Jim Henson who was influential in the creation of the popular U.S. TV puppet program, died on Tuesday following a long bout with cancer, The Jim Henson Company said. She was 78 years old.

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Henson, who died at her home in Connecticut, was an “integral creative and business partner” in the Muppets, the company, owned by the Hensons’ five children, said in a statement.

Jane Henson, born in Queens, New York, in 1934, was an early puppeteer, as well as puppet designer for the Muppets, best known for characters Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, who starred in numerous television programs and films.

She first met Jim Henson in puppetry class at the University of Maryland in the mid-1950s and the two went on to create together the five-minute television program “Sam and Friends,” a precursor to the Muppets.

Henson legally separated from her husband in 1986 prior to his death. She later founded The Jim Henson Legacy to promote his work. She is survived by her five children.

 

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