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Jim Henson (September 24, 1936-May 16, 1990) was an American puppeteer and creator of the Muppets. Originally from Mississippi, he created his first Muppet in 1955. It turned out to be the prototype for his most famous Muppet: Kermit the Frog. Henson invented the word ‘Muppet’ (a portmanteau of ‘marionette’ and ‘puppet’) to set himself apart from other puppeteers.
He created the Muppets on ‘Sesame Street’ (learn the history behind the ground-breaking children’s show in Go English 99) and ‘The Muppet Show’. His production company furnished the puppets for ‘The Dark Crystal’ and ‘Labyrinth’ Here are five fun facts about this American icon who died suddenly of a lung infection at age 54.
1. Jim Henson is one of just three people who has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one as himself and one as a character – Kermit the Frog has his own star. The other two are Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse and Mel Blanc and Bugs Bunny.
2. Episode number 2880 of ‘Sesame Street’ was dedicated to Henson’s memory. There was a memorial card just after the closing credits.
3 There is a Jim Henson Museum in his hometown of Leland, Mississippi. It has an assortment of original Muppet characters and a statue of Kermit in the middle of the stream behind the museum.
4. In 2005 the US Postal Service issued commemorative stamps of Henson and the Muppets.
5. On his 75th birthday in 2011, the Google doodle for the day was an interactive logo of six Muppets that you could ‘play’.
puppeteer = un(e) marionnettiste
to turn out = s'avérer être
ground-breaking = révolutionnaire
to die = mourir
suddenly = soudainement
lung = un poumon
his own = sa/son propre
closing credits = le générique de fin
hometown = lieu de naissance
stream = un ruisseau
behind = derrière
stamp = un timbre