EMMETT KELLY SR. - AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION SIGNED 11/29/1958 - HFSID 271171
Sale Price $680.00
EMMETT KELLY SR.
America's most famous clown shares his thoughts about life
Autograph Quotations signed: "Emmett/Kelly/Nov 29-58./Detroit", 13¾x16½. Printed illustration by artist George Haessler of Kelly as Weary Willie the clown, titled "Reportraits" - Emmett Kelly". In captioned boxes are five autograph quotations from Kelly, in full: On laughter: "I think people laugh at the Clown because he is so down trodden and so many things happen to him that they are glad didn't happen to them, such as falling into a tub of water, etc."; On love: "I love everybody and everything thing [sic]. I believe everybody should thank God for everything God has given them - as I do."; On wishing: "It is all right to wish - but don't forget it will not do any good unless it is accompanied with a 'lot of hard work and planning'." On kids: "We are all kids in a way. No matter what the age may be, and yet if we were young enough there would not be such things as wars & hatred."; Be a clown? "Everyone is a clown, 'the world is the stage', some of us make a livelihood from it. I do -". Emmett Lee Kelly (1898-1979)began hiscircus career, which spanned 55 years, after a starting out as a cartoonist. First performing as a trapeze artist, he later went into clowning, creating his most famous character, "Weary Willie", from a cartoon character he had drawn years earlier. In 1942, Kelly joined the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus, where he would star until 1956 (one of his most famous routines was "sweeping the spotlight"). In 1957, he joined the Shrine Circus and settled in Florida (Sarasota is the winter home of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus). Kelly, America's most famous clown, continued appearing in commercials and performed in special shows until he was 80. His son, Emmett Kelly, Jr. (1923-2006), followed successfully in his father's footsteps and rivaled his fame, forming his own Emmett Kelly, Jr. Circus in 1972. Slightly soiled. Minor nick in upper left corner. Adhesive remnants show through faintly at corners. Otherwise, fine condition.
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