- Additional Details
- Dimensions: 9.25 H x 1.25 D x 6.25 W inches
- Format: Hardcover
- Number of Pages: 374 Pages
- Release Date: June 3, 2014
Millions around the world know the name; millions more may know him by the countless iconic characters he created. Kermit the Frog. Bert and Ernie. Grover. Miss Piggy. Big Bird. The Muppets. All of these creations, and more, sprang from the fertile imagination of James Maury Henson, one of the most wonderfully innovative artists and entertainers of the twentieth century. In this first ever comprehensive biography of the legend, readers will hear the full story of his all-too-short life: from his childhood in Leland, Mississippi, to his days of jetting off from college classes to tape early Muppet TV spots for a local Washington, D.C., TV station. We will learn about the creation of the Muppets, the story behind Jim's involvement with the iconic Sesame Street, his contributions to the first year of Saturday Night Live, and his nearly ten-year effort to bring The Muppet Show to television. We'll also explore his foray into feature films-including non-Muppet fare like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth-and his countless other creative projects. Finally, we will hear for the first time details surrounding his intensely private life, from his Christian Science upbringing and his weakness for women-and eventual separation from his wife-to his love of fast cars and expensive art, ending with his heartbreaking final days as he tragically succumbed to an invasive staph infection at age 53.