Jane Henson (June 16, 1934 – April 2, 2013)
Jane Nebel was born and raised in St. Albans, Queens. She met her future husband, Jim Henson at the University of Maryland.
Jane and Jim worked together on the live 50s TV show Sam and Friends. Later in the show’s run, in the late 50s, Jim took a year off to travel to Europe to be inspired by their use of puppets. Jim and Jane married in 1959 and had five children.
In order to raise her family, Jane quit “Muppeteering” in the early 60s, but did continue non-speaking puppet performances through to the 80s. Jim and Jane separated in 1986 but remained close until his death in 1990.
In 1992, Jane established the Jim Henson Legacy to preserve Jim’s legacy. She also served on the boards of the Jim Henson Foundation and the American Center for Children’s Television.
Jane died of cancer in April 2013 at her family home in Greenwich, Connecticut at age 78. She was survived by her five children.