Archive for the 'Circus' Category

TV SERIES DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1956

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Circus Boy is an action/adventure/drama series that aired in prime time on
NBC, and then on ABC, from 1956 to 1958. It was then rerun by NBC on
Saturday mornings, from 1958 to 1960. Micky Dolenz began his television
career in the series as the main character, young Corky who was adopted
by Joey the Clown (Noah Beery, Jr.), and the whole Burke and Walsh Circus
family. Dolenz was billed at the time as Mickey Braddock. He was later hired
for the role as the "drummer" in NBC’s sitcom The Monkees.

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George Michael "Micky" Dolenz, Jr. turned 71 in March.

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FAMOUS CLOWN BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1898


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Emmett Leo Kelly (December 9, 1898 – March 28, 1979)

Circus performer Emmett Kelly created the memorable clown
figure ‘Weary Willie’, based on the hobos of the Depression
era. His circus career spanned 55 years and he notably
portrayed the role of ‘Willie’ in Cecil B. DeMille‘s 1952 classic
The Greatest Show on Earth. He began his circus career as
a trapeze artist and clown in the early 1920’s but didn’t start
working as a clown full-time until 1931. Kelly envisioned the
hobo clown character while working at an art firm long before
he got into the circus.

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BILLIE BURKE, BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1884

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Billie Burke in “The Wizard  of Oz”, she was 54 years old then

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Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke (August 7, 1884 – May 14, 1970)

Burke gave the memorable performance as Glinda, the Good Witch, in the 1939
film, “The Wizard of Oz”. She hosted her talk show, At Home With Billie Burke, from
1951 to 1952. Before fame she toured with her father, who worked as a circus clown.

Burke was also the wife of Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame, from 1914
until his death.


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Burke (r) being interviewed in 1949 by pioneer broadcaster Ruth Crane
Schaefer on ABC Radio affiliate WMAL.

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LION TAMER BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1903

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               Clyde Beatty
(June 10, 1903 – July 19, 1965)

Beatty left home at age 18 to join the circus as a cage cleaner, and a  
year later formed his first animal act. He soon became famous as a
lion tamer and animal trainer.

Beatty also owned his own show that later merged with the Cole Bros. 
Circus to form the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus.

 
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