Jim Henson’s wife and fellow puppeteer Jane Jenson has passed away.
The Muppets’ collaborator died at age 78 in her Connecticut home yesterday due to her battle with cancer.
She and her husband met in the mid-1950s at the University of Maryland and were partners throughout the development of The Muppets. The couple split in 1986. Jim passed in 1990. Both are survived by their five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather.
So so sad! Our thoughts are with her family.
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The original Kermit the Frog puppet is headed for the Smithsonian!
Jim Henson's widow Jane Henson is donating the puppet, who was originally made from an old coat thrown away by Jim's mom, and 9 others to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Kermit made his TV debut in 1955 appearing on a show called Sam and Friends that ran after the local news in Washington.
He's come a long way!
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