R.I.P. Jane Nebel Henson, Who Helped Pull The Strings To Form The Muppets

Jane Nebel Henson died in her Connecticut home today after a long battle with cancer. A memorial mass is planned for next week. She met Jim Henson in a puppetry class at the University of Maryland and soon after became an integral creative and business partner with him to form the Muppets. They began performing together on NBC’s D.C. affiliate station WRC-TV while she was an undergraduate. Their show, Sam And Friends, took off and soon they were doing guest spots on Steve Allen’s Tonight Show. They were married in 1959, and she gave birth to Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson. Brian is currently chairman and Lisa is CEO of The Jim Henson Co, which continues to generate Muppets films. (more…)

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