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Contents of this site are © Copyright 2021 Ellington. And celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Taraji P Henson, Vanessa Hudgens and … To become a Living Legend, a descendant of the Freedmen Cemetery and an author have made his ancestors proud. Photo by Janet Barnett/Gazette Packet All rights reserved. He was 81. The two became partners with their puppets almost immediately in 1954. He is survived by his wife, E. Ardene; his children, Deborah Henson, Valerie Henson-Ford, James E. Henson, J Bah and Henson formed a writer’s subcommittee group in which Henson was chair. “He was eager to learn more about his family so he could write a book about his great uncle, Matthew Henson, the North Pole explorer. Henson began his television career when he was still a teenager, working for a local Washington, DC TV station. The Disney negotiations fell apart in December 1990 when Henson's family and … Henson was excited about the nomination,” Bah added. When, in the late 1950s, Jim took a year off from Sam and Friends to travel in Europe, Jane ran the show, with the help of a UMD classmate. Henson died at home in Greenwich, Connecticut, surrounded by family. She Dedicated her Life to Philanthropic Activities. Jim left for Europe in June 1958. Jimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, "Big Bad John," and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. His zest for life never dimmed, as evidenced by his enthusiastic greeting of well-wishers during a walk-by parade held in his honor Sept. 27. “There are so many things I will miss about Jim,” said Departmental Progressive Club president Merrick Malone. Jane quit performing to raise their children, and Henson hired writer Jerry Juhl in 1961 and puppet performer Frank Oz in 1963 to replace her. Jane Henson, the wife of Muppet Show creator Jim Henson, has died at age 78 at her home in Greenwich, Connecticut. 3. Henson served in the distinguished 89th Military Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base. Directed by Jim Henson. Until the premiere of Sesame Street in 1969, the company mainly did work for commercials. An honest soldier receives a ruby whistle, a comparable dance, an unbeatable deck of cards and a magic sack for being kind to three beggars. He was the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand as well as the spokesman for its TV commercials.. Visitation will be held Jan. 7, 2021, at Greene Funeral Home, 814 Franklin St., from 2-8 p.m. A private funeral will be held the following day. Jim Henson dies of lung cancer at 84 Elsie and Jim Henson, married Dec. 23, 1976, celebrate Valentine’s Day earlier this year. To anyone who asked, Henson was always “too blessed to be stressed.”. By Paul Farrell Updated Jul 6, 2018 at 4:11pm Jane Henson, the wife of Muppet Show creator Jim Henson, has died at age 78 at her home in Greenwich, Connecticut. Muppets creator Jim Henson, after seeing Frawley's work on The Monkees, hired him in 1979 to direct The Muppet Movie, where Kermit the frog … The couple stayed close and remained active in business and in their personal lives. That parade was organized by the Departmental Progressive Club, where Henson was a member, officer and board member since he first joined the organization in 1967. James Henson passed away on December 13, 2020 in Alexandria, District of Columbia. In addition to her roles with puppetry charities and foundations, Jane also served on the board for The Carter Center, a charity set up by former President Jimmy Carter to promote human rights. Another former cast member, Northern Calloway, died last January at the age of 41. Photo by Janet Barnett/Gazette Packet. “We owe it to him to dedicate ourselves to make sure the Departmental Progressive Club is there for future generations.”. Jane and Jim pictured in Washington D.C. in the late 1950s. Jim Henson, seated center, holds his Living Legends portrait presented to him during a walk-by parade in his honor following his diagnosis of lung cancer in late September. She taught legendary director Frank Oz how to replace her in her role as ‘key assistant.’ Their five children are, Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather. He married Jane Henson in 1959 and they later separated in 1990. She also began touring with a live Sesame Street show where her skill at identifying talented young puppeteers became apparent and invaluable to the Jim Henson Workshop. Jim Henson met his wife in puppetry class. [18] But most notably he was known for the five words he uttered each time he greeted friends and strangers alike. Its mission statement reads: The Mead School cultivates in children the skills and values they will need for emotionally, socially, and intellectually fulfilling lives. Explore the incredible life of the man behind The Muppets and so much more. Mar 12, 2019 Louise Flatley. Henson continued his interest in helping youth through his mentorship of minority boys at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy. He was also a founder of the Parker-Gray Alumni Association, whose mission is to provide scholarships for family members of Parker-Gray alumni. From 2009-2013 Henson chaired the Charles Houston Ad Hoc Naming Committee to name the Charles Houston gym the Louis Johnson/Morris Siebert Gymnasium after two influential individuals in the African American community during segregation. In 1990 Henson died at age 54 from complications from a bacterial streptococcal infection called toxic shock syndrome. Jim Henson was one of the world’s best-loved entertainers, and his sudden and untimely end at the age of just 53 sent a … “This is a wonderful outpouring of friendship and camaraderie,” Henson said that day. A puppeteer and producer, she was co-creator of the Muppets and Jim’s professional and personal partner. She was a Board Member of the Jim Henson Foundation Until she Died. The annual holiday Martin Luther King Jr Day fell on Monday, January 18 this year. Funeral Home Services for James are being provided by Greene Funeral Home. 9. James E. Henson, Sr. On Sunday, December 13, 2020 peacefully at his home in Alexandria, VA. The foundation teaches the art of puppetry to children, after her ex-husband’s death in 1990, she created the Jim Henson Legacy charity in his honor. At the time of his death, PBS' award-winning "Sesame Street" was still popular and seen in 80 countries. Many of his family members were buried at the Freedmen Cemetery and the names of his relatives are on the memorial wall there.”. He was born May 30, 1952 in Springfield, Colorado the son of James “J.D.” and Wanda Starkey Henson. Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Old Enough To Know Better? He was a board member of The Jim Henson … The best thing we can do to honor him is to keep this club and what it represents alive.”. Jimmy Ray Dean (August 10, 1928 – June 13, 2010) was an American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman. Henson, a native of New York City, met Jim while they were both freshmen students at the University of Maryland. Jane maintained, Sam & Friends, along with a high-school friend, Bob Payne. “We shared a love of history, of music, of sports history. Jane was by Jim’s side when he passed away in 1990. They will live on forever.”. He became a national television personality starting on CBS in 1957. The school, in Connecticut, is an alternative learning school for children. Background: The Jim Henson Company was formed on November 20, 1958 as Muppets, Inc. by Jim Henson and his wife Jane, 3 years after Henson's first show, Sam and Friends, premiered. They gave birth to Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson, and Beth Henson. He practiced law for 38 years, becoming the first African American Human Rights Administrator for the Howard County Executive and focused on eliminating discriminatory employment and housing laws. Unique people like Mr. Henson are never forgotten. “It means a lot to me.”. In 1954, Jim was offered a slot on a local NBC affiliate for a children’s show, this was the couple’s first TV show, Sam & Friends. Each year the Foundation introduces thousands of adults and families to puppetry through grant-making and public awareness efforts. Through the Jaycees he helped found the city’s Dribble and Shoot competition for boys that was eventually adopted on a national level in 1969. After his death, his five children inherited equal parts of The Jim Henson Company. It was groundbreaking and ahead of its time (it included a character named Harry the Hipster!) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Departmental Progressive Club Scholarship Fund, 411 Gibbon St., Alexandria, VA 22314. With Henson are members of the Departmental Progressive Club and the Living Legends board of directors. The doctor who led an unsuccessful effort to save Jim Henson`s life said that Henson was in such good health he didn`t even have a personal … “Mr. James E. Henson was born Oct. 23, 1936, to Catherine Henson and Clarence McGuire at the Alexandria Hospital. Jim Henson passed away in 1990 at age 53 and Jane Henson died at 78 in April 2013. They were married in 1959. “Jim always believed in the value the DPC adds to the community,” Malone said. When her children grew older she returned to working, working on Sesame Street during the 1980s. He died on May 16, 1990 at New York, NY, USA, New York, New York at 53 years of age. In 2013, Henson collaborated with noted genealogist and author Char McCargo Bah on the book “African Americans of Alexandria: Beacons of Light in the 20th Century.”, “Mr. Mr. Henson had homes in Manhattan, Connecticut, Malibu, Calif., and London. “His paternal family members migrated to Alexandria during the Civil War. "The old one on South Washington Street," Henson would say proudly. Fairfax Station/Clifton/Lorton Connection, Departmental Progressive Club Honors Community Service in Alexandria, ‘Too Blessed to be Stressed’ in Alexandria, Putting the Spotlight on City’s African American History. It was only when Henson returned from Europe did he and Jane become romantically involved. She was also the mother of Jim Henson's five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John, and Heather Henson. It is rumored she remained in the background and uncredited working on their newly created Muppet Show. That group produced the 2013 book on prominent African Americans in Alexandria. Jim Henson’s Wife Jane Dies: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know, Copyright © 2021 Heavy, Inc. All rights reserved. But also a love of the DPC and its historical significance to the city. “For him, that accomplishment connected to the dream he had as a little boy – to make his mother proud by achieving great things. From that moment, he became a genealogist friend and he became my mentor.”. 1. Henson was born James Maury Henson on September 24, 1936, in Greenville, Mississippi, the younger of two children of Paul Ransom Henson (1904–1994), an agronomist for the United States Department of Agriculture, and his wife Betty Marcella (née Brown, 1904–1972). With Candice Bergen, Edgar Bergen, David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly. Follow Jim Henson's career as he transcended puppetry to become one of the most creative, prolific, and influential artists of his time. A sign presented to Jim Henson memorializing his trademark phrase “too blessed to be stressed.”, Jim Henson was a man-about-town, known for his dapper dressing, infectious smile and engaging personality. Fittingly, they met in a puppetry class. Jane left the couple’s puppet shows to focus on motherhood. Raised in a single parent household, Henson joined the Air Force at the age of 17 and remained there for 20 years. That signature phrase never left Henson, even after he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in September. Henson's older brother, Paul Ransom Henson, Jr. (1932–1956), died in a car crash on April 15, 1956. No one was looking forward to the club’s 100th anniversary more than Jim. Her death was announced via her Facebook page on April 2. Jim, with Jane at right hand, performing Ernie.. Jane Henson (née Nebel; June 16, 1934 — April 2, 2013) was the wife of Jim Henson from May 28, 1959 until his death in 1990. This year Sesame Street became the first television show to be recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors. Henson’s passport from his trip to Europe. Years later, the last devil pays his debt by showing the Soldier a … In 1954, when he was a college freshman at the University of Maryland, Henson met Jane Nebel in a … The five minute show ran twice daily for six years. And, months before his death, Henson had agreed to sell Henson Associates to Walt Disney Co. for an amount rumored to be close to $200 million. He was raised as a Christian Scientist and spent his early childhood in Leland, Mississippi, before moving with his family to University Park, Maryland Jim Henson died in 1990 at age 53, and his wife Jane Henson, who helped create the Muppets, died last year. 7. In her Later Years she Taught Art at the Mead School for Human Development. In 2019, Henson was selected as a Living Legend of Alexandria. “Mr. Mr. Henson and his wife … After his death, he was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991 and won the Disney Legends Award in 2011. Jane Nebel Henson, former wife and creative partner of Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died, as announced by the Jim Henson Co. She was 78. In addition to the DPC, Henson joined the Jaycees in 1967 and served on its board of directors. Jim Left to Tour Europe in the Late 1950s. They Were at the Forefront of the TV Revolution. After completing his military service, Henson earned a law degree from the University of Maryland and became a civil rights lawyer. In early March it was announced that Jane was battling terminal, paralyzing cancer. 2. Henson took one of my genealogical classes in the 1990s,” said Bah. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Elsie, who he married Dec. 23, 1976; and children Deborah Henson, Valerie Henson-Ford, James E. Henson Jr., Sharon Henson, Kayla Henson and Nicole Walker. 8. We believe that each child possesses innate curiosity and passion for learning, and that when these are sparked, children learn eagerly and joyously. in using television monitors that allowed Jim and Jane to watch their puppets actions back in real-time. He defeats a bunch of devils by playing cards and catches them in his sack when they refuse to pay up. Vote to Boost Alexandria Black History Museum Project, Opinion: Commentary: NPV Compact: Affront To Virginians, Danger To Our Nation, Opinion: Commentary: Don’t Go to D.C. for Inauguration, Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Unlisted and Out of Touch. Mrs. Henson also served on the board of The Jim Henson Foundation, founded in 1982 by Jim Henson to promote and develop the art of puppetry and presently headed by Cheryl Henson. James “Jim” Lee Henson, age 68, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Monday, November 30, 2020 at Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation in Cassville. Powered by. Jane Nebel and Jim Henson worked together on the live 1950s television show Sam and Friends, where Jane collaborated with Jim in performing Muppets and devising several of the show's technical innovations, including the use of television monitors to watch their performances in real time. It was decided by the family that the Jim Henson Company, Jim Henson Foundation, and Jim Henson's Creature Shop would continue on after his death, keeping his dream and vision alive. With John Hurt, Bob Peck, Stuart Richman, Walter Sparrow. Jim Henson, father to 5 children, was born on September 24, 1936 at Greenville, MI, USA, Greenville, Michigan. Elsie and Jim Henson, married Dec. 23, 1976, celebrate Valentine’s Day earlier this year. He served in Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star for Merit in 1970. Henson is connected to the Alexandria Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery,” Bah added. 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