If you’re a fan of The Muppets, get ready to geek out, because you’re about to get a chance to catch a glimpse of an indispensable piece of Muppets history: The Muppet mistress that Jim Henson built for himself when he and his wife were going through a bit of a rough patch just got a display at the Smithsonian!
Yup, it’s officer. This is pretty much the coolest thing ever!
The legendary marionette, which was created in 1981 when Jim and his wife were going through a lengthy period of interpersonal tension during which they became sexually and emotionally remote, was set up in a presentation entitled “A Lover’s Oasis: Jim Henson And Bonnie The Eagle” earlier this week. Visitors is to be able to appreciate with their own eyes the tower blue-feathered 6-foot-5 Muppet that Jim Henson withdrew to for sexual companionship when he felt like his matrimony was crumbling.
“At first glance, Bonnie may seem to be just another Muppet with a sexy polka dot ascot and succulent cherry-red lips painted over a felt bird nose, but this marionette had a profoundly important role in both creative and personal aspects of Jim Henson’s life, ” Smithsonian curator Michelle Turner said of the presentation, which museumgoers can view behind a glass enclosure until next August. “Jim Henson created Bonnie The Eagle so he’d have a being to make love to in secret before his wife got home from work, and we’re excited to give devotees a window into the period of the Muppet creator’s life when his wedding was on the rocks.”
Whether you’re a Muppets diehard or merely a casual devotee, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to see Bonnie The Eagle, because, as the Muppet that the romantically dejected Jim Henson turned to for sex, the character is truly one of the foundations of the Muppets canon. Bonnie was was put forward by Frank Oz, who provided her with a whimsical British accent for both her numerous television appearings in the ’8 0s and during the secret romantic liaisons the character shared with Henson in hotel rooms and secluded areas of the forest whenever the genius puppeteer seemed misunderstood by his wife.
So. Perfect. In addition to the Muppet itself, the showing is also showing the original manuscript of Bonnie’s character description written by Jim Henson: “Bonnie The Eagle is a beautiful girl Muppet. Bonnie is Sam The Eagle’s cousin, and Sam is cool with us hanging out all the time. She detects older human humankinds more attractive than marionettes. Her interests include sexuality, hearing my ideas, and being loyal.” Seeing these terms written in Henson’s own handwriting is sure to be an awe-inspiring experience for anyone who admired his flair and one-of-a-kind mind.
Incredible. If you have any interest in the history of the Muppets, then this display is a must-see. But you better get your tickets quick: This sounds like an exhibit that rabble of Henson followers will be lining up all over the block to insure!