Jane Henson, Jim's Muppet partner, dies

Jane met Jim Henson in a puppetry class in the mid-1950s, and they became creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets.

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    Jane Henson (r.) sits with Jim Henson and the cast of Sam and Friends, in Washington, in 1960.
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The Jim Henson Co. says Henson's partner in marriage and Muppets has died.

The company says Jane Henson died Tuesday at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer. She was 78.

She and Jim Henson met in a University of Maryland puppetry class in the mid-1950s, and they became creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets.

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The Hensons married in 1959 and had five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather. The pair separated in 1986, and Jim Henson died in 1990.

In 1992, Jane Henson created and funded The Jim Henson Legacy to preserve his artistic contributions.

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