2 April 2013 2:54 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jane Nebel Henson, who partnered with her husband Jim Henson to launch the Muppets and worked to preserve his artistic legacy, died April 2 of cancer in Conn. She was 78.

Born in Queens, N.Y., she met Jim Henson in a puppetry class at the U. of Maryland, and began working with him as performer, puppet designer and builder when they were offered a spot on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. while they were still undergraduates.

The Muppets made their first appearance on their show “Sam and Friends,” which aired before the “Huntley-Brinkley Report” and “The Tonight Show” with Steve Allen, where their signature puppets made their first national guest appearance.

They were married in 1959, and Jane gave birth to Lisa, Cheryl, Brian and John in the next five years and Heather in 1970.

As the Jim Henson Company grew, she actively participated in the organization, collaborating with Jim Henson on projects »


- Pat Saperstein

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