Jim Henson’s daughter Heather Henson finds magic in puppets, cranes

It may not come as a shock that the daughter of Jim and Jane Henson is now a contemporary puppet artist. But Heather Henson didn’t always think she would follow in her famous family’s footsteps.

“Because I grew up around the puppets, I guess there was a part of me that wanted to rebel,” admitted the 46-year-old to Fox News. “I wanted to do something a little different.”

Henson explained that while she studied animation, she was often intrigued by animals, especially one particular species.


“I became very involved with cranes because they have a whole language involving their bodies and dancing,” she explained. “When I started to learn more about them, I worked at a zoo … one of my intern jobs was to walk the cranes back and forth as their legs grew. And then I learned about how their population was declining and how hard biologists worked to get them re-populated.”

Henson’s interest in cranes didn’t take her completely by surprise. Her father was the mastermind behind Kermit the Frog and other Muppet creatures that became the friends and teachers of millions of children. She said that Jim took inspiration from nature throughout his career.

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