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Remembering Jane Henson (1934-2013)

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Phillip, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. LipsGF4Life

    LipsGF4Life Well-Known Member

    We shall miss Jane....I never got to watch 'Sam and Friends' as a kid, but I knew she supported Jim. We will miss her and him dearly. :cry:
  2. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Well-Known Member

    *hugs entire Henson family*

    My thoughts and prayers will be with them. Lord, please comfort the Henson family and let them know that they are not alone. Let them take comfort in that Jane is now free from pain, and that she and Jim are reunited once again. Be with them, Father, especially over the next coming days. Amen.

    We will miss you, Jane. Your legacy is INCREDIBLE. :)
  3. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

  4. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Here's a tribute picture made by Smigliano.
  5. beatnikchick300

    beatnikchick300 Well-Known Member

    RIP Jane, and my thoughts are with the Henson family.
  6. Muppet Newsgirl

    Muppet Newsgirl Well-Known Member

    I heard about this yesterday - it's so sad. My condolences to the kids.

    The Muppets' corner of heaven just got a little more full - it's nice to think that Jim was waiting for her at the Pearly Gates - along with Richard, the two Jerrys, Christine, Eren Ozker, Joe Raposo...

    RIP, Jane, and thanks for everything.
  7. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Sympathy and prayers to the Henson family.
  8. Da Dogster

    Da Dogster Active Member

    She will be missed.:cry::(:jim: but think of this she is united with Jim once more.
  9. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    I do think Mrs. Henson lived a full, productive, wonderful life. If you've ever met her, or listened to her talk, you'd know she didn't have much fear in her, just an innate curiosity about all aspects of life. She took Mr. Henson's death and made it into something beautiful: a legacy, a support for education, a support of puppetry. She never made it about the tragedy of it. In honor of Mrs. Henson's spirit, let's try to create more beautiful things, continue to support puppetry, and continue to be curious.
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  10. MuppetGeek

    MuppetGeek Active Member

    R.I.P Jane we will all miss you
  11. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    "If just one person believes in you,
    Deep enough, and strong enough, believes in you...
    Hard enough, and long enough,
    It stands to reason, that someone else will think
    If he can do it, I can do it".......
  12. Collector1983

    Collector1983 Well-Known Member

    My thoughts are with the Henson Family and those who work closely with them.
  13. Stacey Riley

    Stacey Riley Member

    RIP Mrs Henson. You will be missed.
  14. Son of Enik

    Son of Enik Well-Known Member

    Another tragic loss...Rest in Peace Mrs. Henson and at least you are reunited with Jim.
  15. Muppetto

    Muppetto Active Member

    Was saddened to learn of her passing yesterday via my Twitter feed. I performed this Muppetized version of "Rainbow Connection" in her honor last night at a local bar where I participate in karaoke.

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  16. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    Im also very sad to hear this.
    But now, she & Jim are together again. R.I.P. Jane.
    My condolences to the Henson family.
  17. CBPuppets

    CBPuppets Well-Known Member

    I'll say this, at least she will be reunited with her husband as well as everyone else she worked with such as Richard Hunt, Don Sahlin, Jerry Juhl, and Jerry Nelson! I offer my biggest sympathy to the Henson Family!
  18. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Muppeteer Stephanie D'Abruzzo has posted this beautiful tribute for Jane...


    So here we are.

    Jane Henson passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. She was an artist, a puppeteer, a proud mother and grandmother, but she is known to most people as the widow of Jim Henson. One of her largest ventures was creating - and supporting - the Jim Henson Legacy, a nonprofit organization that celebrates and raises awareness of Jim’s life and work as an individual artist. The Legacy is quite dear to me for many reasons, including the fact that my husband is its current president (which makes me its unofficial first lady).

    When I think of Jane, I think mostly of a mom. I know that this puts me on dangerous ground, in the wake of all the controversy surrounding the New York Times’ obituary of rocket scientist Yvonne Brill last week, the one that led with She made a mean beef stroganoff, that rankled so many people.

    Granted, Jane wasn’t a rocket scientist, but she had a fascinating career nonetheless, and trust me, I know this. I know that Jane was the first female Muppet Performer, and that she was a brilliant visual artist and sculptor. I know that she was instrumental in Jim Henson’s early successes, and I know that long after she stopped puppeteering, she continued to seek out and nurture new talent, holding puppetry workshops for fresh-faced googly-eyed idiots like me. I have no idea if she made a signature casserole dish.

    But when I say that I think of Jane mostly as a mom, I don’t mean to downplay her career at all. And I don’t think of her as simply a mother to her five children, or as a grandmother of eight, or even as a surrogate mom to me (which I can’t really say that she was). I think of Jane as the grand matriarch of everyone who’d ever worked for or with the Jim Henson Company in any capacity. She was the Muppet Mom.

    She clearly took great joy in the events that united the family of Muppet performers, builders, directors, producers, crew, writers, and staff. When she created the Jim Henson Legacy in 1993, she didn’t just make it possible for there to be exhibits and screenings of Jim’s work across the country and around the world... because the Legacy often hosted in-house screenings, celebrations, reunions and yes, memorial services, she also gave a touchstone to every current and former Henson employee.

    Sure, there are plenty of opportunities for this group to connect online, but there is something so much more special and visceral about raising a glass and breaking bread (or, in the Legacy’s case, crackers and crudite and cookies) with real, live people that you have a deeply shared connection and shared love with. It makes the heart happy to sit in a dark room and watch your inspirations flicker large on a screen... but the heart soars when you share that experience with others, when you all laugh and cry simultaneously. That was my joy in attending a Legacy event, and that was thanks to the entire Legacy gang, certainly, but mostly thanks to Jane.

    Those events that the Legacy hosted were almost always attended by Jane, and the room always received her with the casual warmth of a mum and the solemn respect of a materfamilias. I will admit that I really only truly felt like I was a Muppet Performer once Jane described me as one. It’s probable that I am not the only one who felt this way. She was there when the Muppets were created, and she was the closest I would ever get to meeting Jim.

    Lest you think I am boiling this woman’s worth to nothing more than motherhood (both literal and figurative), I will also offer this:

    She was incredibly talented, but she was almost reluctant to admit to my husband that she’d built some of those first Muppets, and preferred to tell her stories through the lens of Jim’s work. When I finally saw some of her sculptures a few years ago, I was gobsmacked by them.

    She was fascinating. Willard Scott has had a open crush on her since they worked together at WRC-TV in Washington, DC, but she was always unflappable and classy when it came up. And I always sensed there was more to her than met the eye.

    She was highly opinionated. You did not want to disagree with her. I will not expound on that.

    She was funny, too. Yesterday, my husband tweeted this:

    Craig Shemin @CraigShemin
    Jane Henson was a very funny woman. On seeing the Adele Stamp Student Union at U of MD: "I knew her before she was a building."​

    Suffice it to say that my soul is weary from saying goodbye to so many loved ones in our Muppet Family in the past twelve months. This goodbye will be just as sad, but also very different, because Jane won’t be there.

    In traditional large families, there is always that one person - usually a grandmother - whose strudel or stroganoff binds and beckons the sons and daughters and distant cousins, and it’s never the same once she passes away. Jane might never have made a mean beef stroganoff, but thankfully, what she brought into the lives of our Muppet family will last forever. No, it won’t be the same now that she’s gone, but the “family” will stay together.

    That much is certain.

    And it’s thanks in no small part to Jane.

    Yes indeed. Welcome to me.

  19. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Very sad to hear, but glad she is at peace now. She seemed like a very kind lady and a strong woman. I had the opportunity to meet her a couple of times over the years at various Henson events in the NYC area and she couldn't have been nicer to myself and the fans, even though she seemed a little shy about all the attention. My two lovely memories of her personally was when I met her at the Henson festival in Huntington Long Island and she complimented me on my Nicole Miller designer Kermit scarf, and another time at the Museum of TV and Radio (now the Paley Center) in NYC at one of the Henson legacy screenings, and sitting behind her watching Jim on screen watching her smile and laugh at the on-screen action and turning to someone next to her saying "Wasn't he handsome?" at some very young footage of Jim. I thought that even though they had separated to have that kind of warmth towards someone after so many years of being separated and marriage, showed what a strong relationship they had.
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  20. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member

    Very good performance, dude! You're so funny, and your Gonzo impression is better than what one my friends would do. :concern: It'a a very great honor you did, Muppetto. :)

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