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Read online Jim Henson: The Biography streaming Jim Henson: The Biography For the first time ever a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century s most innovative creative artists the incomparable irreplaceable Jim Henson .

He 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 born of his fertile imagination Kermit the Frog Bert and Ernie Miss Piggy Big Bird The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name but they were only part of his remarkable story .

This extraordinary biography written with the generous 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 Jim 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 fascinating misfires like Henson s dream of opening an inflatable psychedelic nightclub or of staging an elaborate all puppet Broadway show .

An uncommonly intimate portrait Jim Henson captures all the facets of this American original the master craftsman who revolutionized the presentation of puppets on television the savvy businessman whose deal making prowess won him a reputation as the new Walt Disney and the creative team leader whose collaborative ethos earned him the undying loyalty of everyone who worked for him 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 .

An up close look at the charmed life of a legend Jim Henson gives the full measure to a man whose joyful genius transcended age language geography and culture and continues to beguile audiences worldwide

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