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Felix Adler, king of clowns

Felix Adler with his wife and clown partner, Amelia
Felix Adler (June 17, 1895 – February 1, 1960) – The White House Clown, King of Clowns Inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1989. Felix Adler grew up on a small farm outside of Clinton, Iowa, with his father Joseph and mother Nettie. Some accounts state that...
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Groucho Marx biography

The Marx Brothers - Chico, Zeppo, Groucho, Harpo
Groucho Marx (October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977) Julius Henry Marx, better known to the world as  Groucho Marx, was born on October 2, 1890, to Samuel “Frenchie” Marx and his wife, Minnie Schoenberg Marx. The third child, Groucho felt tension with his oldest brother  Chico.
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Circus, on PBS

If you’re not watching the documentary “Circus” on PBS, you’ve nobody to blame but yourself.  It follows the Big Apple Circus during their 2008 season, and features some of America’s greatest active clowns, including Barry Lubin as Grandma, Steve Smith (as guest director), Glen Heroy, and several others....
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A History of Clowns

George Fox
(thanks to Bruce “Charlie” Johnson and The Clown Hall of Fame) Introduction The art of clowning has existed for thousands of years. A pygmy clown performed as a jester in the court of Pharaoh Dadkeri-Assi during Egypt’s Fifth Dynasty about 2500 B.C. Court jesters have performed in China...
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Albert Fratellini, famous European circus clown

Albert Fratellini
Albert Fratellini (1886 – 1961) Albert Fratellini was born in Moscow to the Fratellini circus family. He and his brothers, Paul and Francois, trained in Russia under one of the Durov brothers. The Fratellini brothers entree lasted 45 minutes. They performed at the Cirque Medrano where many classic...
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Requiem for Frosty Little

Glenn "Frosty" Little, inducted into the 1991 Clown Hall of Fame
Biography of Glenn “Frosty” Little (1925 – 2010) Glenn “Frosty” Little was born in Genoa, Nebraska in 1925.  He received his nickname (which later became his clown name) from his grandfather, who compared him to Jack Frost, due to his love of playing in the snow.  At the...
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Homer / Don Burda – last walkaround

Don Burda as Homer with Dee
(from Richard Snowberg) Dear Clown Camp Family Members, We have lost a member of our family. With sorrow I am writing to tell you that Don Burda passed away this morning (Thursday, September 11) at 5:15 AM. I have spoken with his daughter, Denise, and she was able...
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Clown Camp 1998

Staff make up demonstration - after. Back row: Kenny Ahern, Brenda Ahern (yes, they're related -- happily married). Front row: Betty Cash/Peewee, Linda Batdorf/Spin, Jim Howle/Jim
A pictorial journey through Week 3 of UW-LaCrosse’s Clown Camp A photo history of the UW-LaCrosse’s clown camp, taken back in 1998 (week 3).
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