Muppets Co-Creator Jane Henson Dies

    WASHINGTON - AUGUST 25: Jane Henson, co-creator of the Muppets, participates in a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, on August 25, 2010 in Washington, DC. Jane Henson donated 10 of her late husband Jim Henson's characters from "Sam and Friends" to the museum including the original Kermit the Frog.   (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jane Henson

    Jane Henson, co-creator of the Muppets, in August 2010. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

    It’s a sad day for the Muppets. The puppets’ co-creator Jane Henson, the wife of Jim Henson, died Tuesday at her home in Connecticut. She was 78. Her family said she suffered from cancer. Jane and Jim Henson met at a puppetry class at the University of Maryland in the mid-1950s, and became partners both in marriage and business. They married in 1959 and had five children, while also collaborating to create the Muppets and Sesame Street. In 1992 Henson created and founded the Jim Henson Legacy, which promotes puppetry and makes grants to puppet artists.

    Jim Henson's partner in marriage, business and creativity.
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