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Jim Henson : the biography

Author: Brian Jay Jones
Publisher: New York, NY : Ballantine Books, 2016. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Ballantine books Trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Jim Henson was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters he created: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, and Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story. This biography -- written with the cooperation of the Henson family -- covers the full arc of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Jim Henson; Jim Henson; Jim Henson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Jay Jones
ISBN: 9780345526120 0345526120
OCLC Number: 949808937
Notes: "Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Ballantine Books ... in 2013"--Title page verso.
Description: xiv, 585 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Blue sky, 1973 --
The Delta, 1936-1949 --
A means to an end, 1949-1955 --
Sam and Friends, 1955-1957 --
Muppets, Inc., 1957-1962 --
A crazy little band, 1962-1969 --
Sesame Street, 1969-1970 --
Big ideas, 1970-1973 --
The Mucking Fuppets, 1973-1975 --
Muppetmania, 1975-1977 --
Life's like a movie, 1977-1979 --
The world in his head, 1979-1982 --
Twists and turns, 1982-1986 --
Storyteller, 1986-1987 --
A kind of craziness, 1987-1989 --
So much on a handshake, 1989-1990 --
Just one person, 1990 --
Legacy.
Responsibility: Brian Jay Jones.

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Jim Henson was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters he created: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, and Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story. This biography -- written with the cooperation of the Henson family -- covers the full arc of Henson's all-too-brief life: from his childhood in Leland, Mississippi; through the years of burgeoning fame in Washington D.C., New York, and London; to the decade of international celebrity that preceded his untimely death at age fifty-three. Drawing on hundreds of hours of new interviews with Henson's family, friends, and closest collaborators, as well as unprecedented access to private family and company archives (including never-before-seen interviews, business documents, and Henson's private letters), Brian Jay Jones explores the creation of the Muppets, Henson's contributions to Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live, and his nearly ten-year campaign to bring The Muppet Show to television. Jones provides the imaginative context for Henson's non-Muppet projects, including the richly imagined worlds of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth -- as well as misfires like Henson's dream of opening an inflatable psychedelic nightclub or staging an elaborate all-puppet Broadway show. Here also is insight into Henson's intensely private personal life: his Christian Science upbringing; his love of fast cars, high-stakes gambling, and expensive art; and his weakness for women. Though an optimist by nature, Henson was haunted by the notion that he would not have time to do all the things he wanted to do in life -- a fear that his heartbreaking final hours would prove all too well founded.

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