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Emmett Kelly

(1898 - 1979)

  • Born in Sedan
  • First worked as a trapeze artist
  • Developed character of Weary Willie, a sad, white-faced clown
  • Was a major attraction for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus from 1942-1956
  • Featured in motion picture The Greatest Show on Earth in 1952 and in Broadway productions