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RIP Jane Nebel Henson 1934 – 2013

by Bunk X ( 9 Comments › )
Filed under Art, Golden Age of Television, History, Humor, Media, Open thread, Special Report at April 2nd, 2013 - 11:31 pm

Jane Nebel Henson 1934-2013

Jane Nebel Henson passed away at the age of 78 on 2 April 2013. Although her late husband is more well known, Jane Henson was an important contributor. Married in 1959, she and Jim Henson reinvented the ancient art of puppetry and created a huge entertainment industry: The Muppets.


[Jane] Nebel and [Jim] 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 and Henson was a freshman studying to become a commercial artist. Nebel later became Henson’s puppeteering partner on the television show Sam and Friends, and the two eventually married. [via]

Prior to the creation of Sesame Street, the Hensons produced awesome entertainment for advertisers and television shows. Here are some arbitrary pre-Sesame Street selections.




Talented people are often under-appreciated until they’re gone, especially those who leave such a great legacy. RIP Jane.

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9 Responses to “RIP Jane Nebel Henson 1934 – 2013”
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  1. 1 | April 3, 2013 12:14 am


  2. yenta-fada
    2 | April 3, 2013 1:48 am

    Good one Bunk. The Muppets were a whole new thing. AND multi-lingual.
    Japanese pole volters, Swedish chefs…

  3. yenta-fada
    3 | April 3, 2013 1:50 am

    @ yenta-fada:

    PIMF pole vaulters. It’s not as late at night as some thinkle peep it is.

  4. 4 | April 3, 2013 1:58 am

    @ yenta-fada:
    Didn’t want to step on the OOT, but didn’t want it to go by the wayside either.

  5. 5 | April 3, 2013 3:59 am

    Ralph the Dog on the Jimmy Dean show…

  6. 6 | April 3, 2013 5:58 am

    What ever happened to “Jim Henson’s Muppets”; the ugly ones from Saturday Night Live? Now THEY were a riot!

  7. Da_Beerfreak
    7 | April 3, 2013 7:05 am

    MacDuff wrote:

    What ever happened to “Jim Henson’s Muppets”; the ugly ones from Saturday Night Live? Now THEY were a riot!

    Don’t know.
    They were one of the few reasons to watch SNL way back then.

  8. huckfunn
    8 | April 3, 2013 9:51 am

    I remember when Jim Henson died of viral pneumonia about 2 months after my sis-in-law, aged 28, died of the same thing.

  9. 9 | April 3, 2013 7:58 pm

    @ MacDuff:
    Scred was my favorite.

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