Whiteface Clowns

clown picture - painting of Paul Alpert, aka. Prince Paul

Prince Paul, circus clown

Paul ‘Prince Paul’ Alpert (1913 – 1987)

clown picture - painting of Paul Alpert, aka. Prince Paul

Inducted into the  Clown Hall of Fame in 1992, Paul Alpert became a  famous little person, after gaining a start in clowning in 1933 with the Paul Jung troupe.  The Bangor, Maine native went on to fame as a  Ringling Bros. clown, performing for more than 50 years. He also became a frequent instructor at the circus’ Clown College in Florida.

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Glenn "Frosty" Little, inducted into the 1991 Clown Hall of Fame

Requiem for Frosty Little

Biography of Glenn “Frosty” Little (December 5, 1925 – October 26, 2010)

Glenn “Frosty” Little was born in Genoa, Nebraska on December 5th, 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 age of 7, Frosty Little saw his first circus, which instilled a life-long love, although he didn’t follow that path for many years. “All the clowns wore white faces, white-starched suits and red caps. I remember thinking I`d like to look like those guys.” He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he was wounded, and learned how to juggle from his fellow convalescing soldiers.  In 1950, he married his wife, Patricia, with whom he had 2 daughters.  Prior to becoming a clown, he also worked as a postal worker and as a land surveyor. (more…)

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