The close quarters of a puppet workshop or a television production can create an atmosphere conducive to romance. Jim married his performing partner Jane Nebel, and several couples started their relationships behind the scenes at Henson. In a match made in fantasy heaven, designer Brian Froud and doll-maker Wendy Midener found each other while building Gelflings behind the scenes of The Dark Crystal. Within a year and a half of their first meeting during creative discussions at the beginning of 1978, Wendy and Brian were married near their ancient home in Devon, England. And a few years later, their son Toby was born, just in time to play the important role of the same name in Labyrinth, getting stolen by the goblins and their king, David Bowie, and getting rescued by Jennifer Connelly. Today, Toby is an accomplished artist like his parents and works in the field of film animation.
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.