Miss Piggy Creator Among 4 Featured In Atlanta’s ‘Women Of The Muppets’

Bonnie Erickson originally came on board with the Jim Henson Company as a costume designer. She later created characters like Miss Piggy and Statler and Waldorf.
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The Center for Puppetry Arts is doing something truly special to kick off Women’s History Month.

On Saturday, the center is hosting an event called “The Women of the Muppets,” which will feature four women who made groundbreaking contributions to the Jim Henson Company.

One of those women is Bonnie Erickson. She’s the original designer and builder of Miss Piggy, as well as the creator of the Statler and Waldorf characters. But her work with Henson started before “The Muppet Show” and even “Sesame Street” went on the air.

On “City Lights,” Erickson spoke with host Lois Reitzes about working with Henson, the inspiration for her most famous characters and much more.

The Women of the Muppets” takes place on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Midtown Atlanta.