Jane Aaron

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Jane Frances Aaron (April 16, 1948 – June 27, 2015) was an American filmmaker and children's book illustrator, best known for her work on Between the Lions and Sesame Street. Aaron mixed live-action shots and animated images to teach children the alphabet, counting skills, and opposites, such as front and back or full and empty.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Jane Aaron was born in Manhattan to Sam Aaron and Florence Goldberg. Aaron attended the High School of Music & Art and graduated from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in fine arts.[1]


In addition to her animation work, Aaron illustrated the When I'm... book series written by Barbara Gardiner.[1] She also worked with Oralee Wachter on two films about child sexual abuse and prevention, No More Secrets for Me and Close to Home. The films were later made into books illustrated by Aaron.[1][2]

Aaron's independent films have been shown at the Whitney Biennial and the Museum of Modern Art. Permanent collections of her work exist at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Walker Art Center.[3] She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1985.[1][3]

Personal life[edit]

She married Skip Blumberg on January 17, 1988,[4] with whom she had one son, Timothy Aaron.[3] Aaron died of cancer in Manhattan on June 27, 2015, aged 67. In addition to her husband and son, she was survived by her mother and three siblings.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Roberts, Sam (July 5, 2015). "Jane Aaron Dies at 67; Her Film Animation Sprouted on 'Sesame Street'". New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  2. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (June 29, 2015). "Independent Stop-Motion Animator Jane Aaron Dies at 67". Animation World Network. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "In Memoriam: Jane Aaron". New York Women in Film and Television. June 30, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "Jane Aaron Wed to Skip Blumberg, a TV Producer". New York Times. January 18, 1988. Retrieved August 7, 2015.

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