Who Was Jim Henson?
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Jim Henson broke into television with a five-minute puppetry segment when he was only a freshman in college. He created puppets like none ever seen before, with expressive fabric faces and rod-controlled arms. His Muppets became world-renowned celebrities and formed the backbone of a media empire. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this easy-to-read biography will be published twenty years after Henson's untimely death.
puppet shows in every country. In Europe, grown-ups were interested in puppets. Puppeteers were considered artists. In America, puppets were kid stuff. By the time he got home, Jim had decided he did want to be a puppeteer after all, but a puppeteer who created shows for people of all ages. He also wanted to get married. Jim and Jane had fallen in love. They got married in May 1959. In the basement of their new home, Jim and Jane set up the first official Muppet workshop. Sam and Friends was
SUPREME COURT JUDGES, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS, AND HEADS OF BIG COMPANIES. As The Muppet Show grew in popularity so did Miss Piggy. Not all of the Muppets were stars. For crowd scenes, Whatnots were used. Whatnots were blank Muppet heads. Different eyes, noses, hair, and clothes are added to give them personalities. Jim still performed Kermit and Rowlf, and did new Muppets like Dr. Teeth, the rock piano player, and Captain Link Hogthrob of the “Pigs in Space” skits.
costumes. It was exhausting work. Some costumes were so heavy that the actors had to be hung up on the wall—costume and all—for short rest breaks. A lot of space was needed to create all the sets and characters. So Jim bought an old post office building across the street from his house in London. It had high ceilings and big open spaces. It became known as The Creature Shop. Many people went to see The Dark Crystal when it was released in 1982. Jim had really enjoyed making it. He was proud
SOME OF WHAT THEY’VE DONE: LISA, JIM’S OLDEST DAUGHTER, INSPIRED THE STORYTELLER SERIES. SHE IS THE CO-CEO OF THE COMPANY. SHE WAS THE PRESIDENT OF COLUMBIA PICTURES FOR TWO YEARS AND WORKED AT WARNER BROS. FOR TEN YEARS DURING THE TIME THE MOVIE BATMAN WAS MADE. LISA CHERYL WAS IN CHARGE OF THE HENSON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PUPPET THEATER FOR EIGHT YEARS AND HELPED BRING PUPPETEERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO NEW YORK CITY. BEFORE THAT, SHE HELPED WITH THE MUPPET SHOW, THE DARK CRYSTAL, AND
LABYRINTH. CHERYL BRIAN BRIAN WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE COMPANY FOR A WHILE AFTER JIM DIED. HE IS NOW CO-CEO WITH LISA. OVER THE YEARS, HE HAS BEEN A PUPPET-MAKER, A PUPPETEER, A WRITER, AND HAS DIRECTED AND PRODUCED TV SHOWS AND FILMS. JOHN JOHN IS AN ARTIST AND SCULPTOR, WHO HAS MADE FILMS AND HAS PERFORMED THE MUPPET SWEETUMS. HEATHER, JIM’S YOUNGEST CHILD, KEEPS BUSY WITH THE COMPANY, THE JIM HENSON FOUNDATION, AND THE JIM HENSON LEGACY. SHE HELPS PROMOTE PUPPETRY, AND WORKS ON TV, FILM,