Muppets co-founder Jane Henson dies

April 2, 2013


CNN is reporting that Jane Henson, wife of Muppets founder Jim Henson, has died.

Jane Nebel Henson who was married to the late Muppets creator Jim Henson and was instrumental in the development of the world-famous puppets — died Tuesday morning, a representative for the Jim Henson Company said. She was 79.

Henson died at her home in Connecticut after a “long battle with cancer,” a written statement from the company said.

The two met in a puppetry class at the University of Maryland in 1954, the release said. Jane Henson was a performer, puppet designer and builder, and Jim Henson’s business partner.

The two married in 1959. Jim Henson died in 1990.

Here is an early promo for the Henson’s 1960’s show “Sam & Friends” featuring a very young Kermit the Frog.

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