2/18/1980 – ‘Diana Ross (MS) (This finished Season IV)’

Like so many celebrities who come to work with the Muppets, Diana Ross said she did it for her kids. Her three daughters , “…are big Muppet fans and they were over the moon about me working with all their favorites,” Ross explained. Jim took advantage of her irresistible talent and had her perform four musical numbers, even impressing Statler and Waldorf. She had a good time and stayed friendly with Jim and his team. When he sent her a Muppet sweatshirt in 1987, she wrote a thank you note, adding, “Please inform Miss Piggy that I truly appreciate her fashion sense and her input.”

Diana Ross on The Muppet Show, 1980.

Read more from Jim Henson’s Red Book in Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal available from Chronicle Books.

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