Cleary with Jim Henson

Mary Ann Cleary (born 1956) had worked for Henson Associates for several years before being selected as Jim Henson's assistant in February 1986 (following the promotion of former assistant Mira Velimirovic).[1]

In addition to her role as an assistant (and later producer) for Henson, Cleary was also involved in a long-term romantic relationship with Jim Henson following his separation from Jane Henson.[2]



  1. Jim Henson: The Biography, page 349
  2. Jim Henson: The Biography, page 417-418