Jane Henson


Jane Henson Yorick & Kermit the Frog

JANE HENSON posing with Kermit the Frog & Yorick.

Jim & Jane Henson Wilkins & Wontkins

JIM w/ JANE performing Wilkins & Wontkins.

JANE HENSON (née Nebel; June 16, 1934 APRIL 2nd, 2013) was the wife of JIM HENSON from May 28, 1959[1] until his death in 1990. She was also the mother of JIM HENSONs 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.[2] Nebel later became HENSONs puppeteering partner on the TV show Sam & Friends, & the 2 eventually married.

Though JANE HENSON was 1 of JIM HENSONs 1st puppeteering partners, she seldom supplied voices.[3] 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.[4] 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.

JIM & JANE HENSON separated in 1986, but remained close until JIMs death in 1990.

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 HENSONs Fantastic World exhibit, & The Carter Center founded by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

JANE passed away on APRIL 2nd, 2013 from cancer. The film Muppets Most Wanted was dedicated to her & JERRY NELSON.

Performing creditsEdit

Jim Henson Jane Nebel Henson & Ernie

JIM performing Ernie, with JANE at right hand.

Additional creditsEdit


  1. JIM HENSONs Red Book Entry
  2. JIM HENSON: Creator of Dreams
  3. HENSON, JANE MuppetFest Memories: Day 2
  4. St. Pierre, Stephanie The Story of JIM HENSON

See alsoEdit

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