Jane Nebel Henson, who collaborated with her husband,
Her death was announced by the Jim Henson Co.
The couple met in a puppetry class at the University of Maryland in the 1950s. Combining marionettes and puppets, Jim Henson began performing with his creations on a TV show called “Sam and Friends” in
They married in 1959 and Jane Henson raised their five children while teaching art.
She continued her involvement in her husband’s company and in the 1970s the Hensons launched “
She also served on the board of the Jim Henson Foundation, which promotes puppetry and makes grants to puppet artists.
Jim Henson died in 1990.
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