Jane Nebel Henson, Muppets co-creator, dies at 79
- Jane Henson, left, donates some of Jim Henson's early puppets, including the original Kermit, to the Smithsonian Institution, during a ceremony at the National Museum of American History, in Washington, on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Jane Nebel Henson, the wife of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died.
The 79-year-old died Tuesday her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer.
The couple met at the University of Maryland in a puppetry class in 1954 and married five years later. They had five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather. The pair separated in 1986, and Jim Henson died in 1990.
In addition to being her husband's business partner, Mrs. Henson was a "performer, puppet designer and builder," CNN reports.
In 1992, Mrs. Henson created and funded The Jim Henson Legacy to preserve his artistic contributions.
A memorial Mass for Jane Henson is planned for next week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Would you like to contribute to this story? Join the discussion.
RecommendedRecent Facebook Activity
Latest VideosWatch videos from ABC7, NewsChannel 8 and more
Only On 7
"Katie" weekdays at 4pm on ABC7 followed by Leon Harris and Alison Starling on ABC7 News at 5. Click here to find out more about "Katie!"