Circus Clown – Emmett Kelly
Kelly began his career as a trapeze artist.
By 1923, Emmett Kelly was working his trapeze act with John Robinson’s circus when he met and married Eva Moore,
another circus trapeze artist.
They later performed together as the “Aerial Kelly’s” with Emmett still performing occasionally as a whiteface clown.
He started working as a clown full-time in 1931,
and it was only after years of attempting to persuade the management that he was able to switch from
a white face clown to the hobo clown that he had sketched ten years earlier while working as a cartoonist.
Emmett Kelly died at the age of 80 of a heart attack on March 28, 1979, at his home in Sarasota, Florida.
He is buried in the Rest Haven Memorial Park, in Lafayette, Indiana.
December 9, 1898
March 28, 1979 (aged 80)
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