JANE HENSON (née Nebel; June 16, 1934 — APRIL 2nd, 2013) was the wife of JIM HENSON from May 28, 1959 until his death in 1990. She was also the mother of JIM HENSON’s 5 children: Lisa & Cheryl, Brian, John (1965 - 2014), & Heather Henson.
Nebel & HENSON met in a puppetry course at the University of Maryland, College Park, where they were both undergraduates. At the time, Nebel was a senior majoring in art education & HENSON was a freshman studying to become a commercial artist. Nebel later became HENSON’s puppeteering partner on the TV show Sam & Friends, & the 2 eventually married.
Though JANE HENSON was 1 of JIM HENSON’s 1st puppeteering partners, she seldom supplied voices. 1 of the few exceptions was in the SESAME STREET song "Women Can Be". She performed considerably less after the birth of the couple's 2nd child, Cheryl. However, she would occasionally serve as a background performer in various projects afterwards, with her last known performance occurring in episode 103 of The Muppet Show.
In recent years, JANE HENSON was a part of the JIM HENSON Legacy Board of Directors. As president of The JANE HENSON Foundation, she has donated to SESAME Workshop, provided funding to the JIM HENSON’s Fantastic World exhibit, & The Carter Center founded by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
- Various commercials
- Afternoon with Inga
- Sam & Friends
- Tonight! (1956 appearance)
- The Today Show appearances
- Tales of the Tinkerdee
- SESAME STREET (uncredited on the show itself, but many video compilations credit her as a performer)
- Julie on SESAME STREET
- The Muppets Valentine Show
- The Muppet Show: Sex & Violence
- The Muppet Show (episodes 101 (credited in pilot version only) & 103)
- The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (historian)
- ↑ JIM HENSON’s Red Book Entry
- ↑ JIM HENSON: Creator of Dreams
- ↑ HENSON, JANE MuppetFest Memories: Day 2
- ↑ St. Pierre, Stephanie The Story of JIM HENSON
- Muppet Performers
- Muppet Puppeteers
- Muppet Voice Actors
- JANE HENSON on the Muppet Wiki
- JANE HENSON on the Puppet Wiki
- JANE HENSON on the OSCAR THE GROUCH Wiki
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