Muppets Creator Jim Henson Honored by English Heritage in London
Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets, has been honored by English Heritage with the installation of a blue plaque at his former home.
The Muppets are thrilled that Jim Henson has been honored with an iconic #BluePlaque on his former residence in London, England. Thanks to @EnglishHeritage for celebrating our friend Jim and his legacy with this recognition. pic.twitter.com/DgrB0p9qNn
— The Muppets (@TheMuppets) September 7, 2021
Ahead of what would have been Henson’s 85th birthday on September 24th, the puppeteer’s former residence in London was marked with an iconic blue plaque, recognizing and honoring that Henson once resided there.
The plaque can be viewed at 50 Downshire Hill in Hampstead, located in North London. Henson resided here from 1979 through 1982, and used the building as his base until his passing in 1990.
According to the BBC, Henson’s son Brian commented “It’s an honour to have his British home recognised with a blue plaque, knowing that he so admired and respected the talent in London.”
Over 950 blue plaques can be found across the UK’s capital, which English Heritage install to proudly “link the people of the past with the buildings of the present”.
The scheme began in 1866 and is considered an honorable and iconic way to recognize and pay tribute to great legends who lived in London, and the legacies they leave behind.
A full biography for Jim Henson, along with further details and facts about the scheme, can be found on the English Heritage website here.
The Jim Henson Company and Disney are currently developing a biopic on Henson, “Muppet Man”. Stay tuned to MickeyBlog for more details on this production!