Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Muppets co-creator Jane Henson dies

Jane Henson with Jim Henson and the cast of Sam and Friends in Washington (AP/The Jim Henson Company, Del Ankers)
Jane Henson with Jim Henson and the cast of Sam and Friends in Washington (AP/The Jim Henson Company, Del Ankers)
Jane Henson donates some of Jim Henson's early puppets, including the original Kermit, to the Smithsonian Institution in 2010 (AP)

Jane Henson, who helped create the Muppets, has died at the age of 78.

She met Jim Henson in a University of Maryland puppetry class in the mid-1950s, and they became creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets.

The Jim Henson Company said Jane Henson died at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer.

The Hensons married in 1959 and had five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather. The pair separated in 1986, and Jim Henson died in 1990.

In 1992, Jane Henson created and funded The Jim Henson Legacy to preserve his artistic contributions.

A memorial Mass for Jane Henson is planned for next week.

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