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03rd Apr 2013

A Story Of Love And Puppets: Muppets Creator Jane Nebel Henson Dies After Battle With Cancer

The talented lady passed away yesterday at her home in Connecticut.

The very-talented Jane Nebel Henson, who worked with her husband Jim Henson, in creating, designing and marketing the Muppets died Tuesday at her home after battling cancer.

She was 78 years of age and her death was announced by Jim Henson Co, the LA Times report.

The couple first met at a puppetry class at the University of Maryland in the 1950s.

Jim worked on a TV show called Sam and Friends where he used to perform with marionettes and puppets. He asked Jane to join him on the show as a performer and puppet designer.

She then became his creative and business parter in the endeavour of both business and love that spawned Kermit, Miss Piggy and Sesame Street characters Big Bird, Ernie and the Cookie Monster.

The couple married in 1959 and Jane raised their five children at home while also teaching art classes.

She was always involved in her husband’s company and the two of them launched The Muppet Show in the 1970s.

Her late husband Jim Henson died in 1990.

The couple’s creativity resulted in these familar faces.