Jim certainly knew Elaine May’s work long before he met with her to discuss the Labyrinth script in late February and in the second week of April, 1985. Lauded as a writer and director, May first made her name in the late ‘50s as part of a comedy duo with Mike Nichols. Jim had a 45 rpm record in his collection of excerpts from the Nichols and May 1959 album “Improvisations to Music,” and he worked the same variety show circuit that Nichols and May toured. By the early 1980s, May had written or contributed to the highly respected scripts for Heaven Can Wait, Reds and Tootsie. Given how much care Jim was putting into the crafting of his Labyrinth script, it is not surprising that May was brought in to polish it before shooting began April 15th. The final script, credited to Laura Phillips and Terry Jones, incorporated May’s comments and was dated April 11, 1985.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.