Jane Henson of Muppet family fame dies at 78

Jim Henson's partner in marriage and puppetry succumbed to her battle with cancer

Published April 3, 2013 12:48PM (EDT)

Jane Henson    (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
Jane Henson (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Jim Henson Co. says Henson's partner in marriage and Muppets has died.

The company says Jane Henson died Tuesday at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer. She was 78.

She and Jim Henson met 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 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 is planned next week.


By Associated Press

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