With very great sadness we mourn the passing of one of puppetry’s greatest friends.
Jane Henson has been a loving friend to puppetry for over 50 years. Her vision and generosity created the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference, just one of many ways she helped to shape American puppetry. Jane was shy and modest. Even though she would not like the label, many of us feel that Jane will always be considered puppet royalty.
Jane’ s involvement with Puppeteers of America began in 1960 when she and Jim and baby Lisa attended their first festival. In 2000 Jane agreed to serve a term on the PofA board. Her advice was thoughtful and caring.
When a puppeteer, or a puppet really engaged Jane’ s attention her face would light up with an unforgettable sparkle.
Jane was always kind and gracious when adoring Muppet fans expressed their love and admiration.
Our heartfelt condolences to her children, Lisa, Cheryl, Heather, Brian and John.
In love and gratitude for a life of creating and supporting the art of puppetry, The Board of Puppeteers of America