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Jane Henson diesJane Henson, the former wife of Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died. She passed away at her home in Connecticut following a battle with cancer. She was 78 years old.

Jane Nebel and Jim Henson met while taking a puppetry class at University of Maryland in the 1950s and became creative partners. They married in 1959 and she helped her husband perform his puppets in his early days on television, particularly on Sam and Friends. She rarely provided voices for characters and performed less once she started having kids.

They had five children together — Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John, and Heather — and all went on to become involved in the business in one way or another. The Hensons separated in 1986 and Jim Henson died unexpectedly in 1990.

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Sam and Friends

Sam and Friends

The first television show produced by Jim Henson, five minute episodes of this program aired twice daily on WRC-TV, an NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C. Episodes are essentially short skits with no continuing storylines. In early installments particularly, the segments are often comprised of various puppet characters lip-syncing to songs and comedy albums by artists like Spike Jones, Stan Freberg, Bob and Ray, and Louis Prima. Other installments employ sight gags, comedy bits, and use of early television optical effects.

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