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Emmett Kelly the Clown

written by: webbie1960
 
Kelly was an American Circus performer, who created a hobo clown character named Weary Willie. The inspiration for Weary Willie came from the hobos of the Great Depression Era. See what you can learn about Kelly the Clown.

Question 1:


Emmett Kelly, who initially was a trapeze artist, started working as a clown in what year?
1921
1928
1931
1935

Question 2:


What was the name of Emmett Kelly's son, who also played a character named Weary Willie?
Emmett Kelly Jr.
Red Skelton
William Kelly
Red Kelly

Question 3:


Circus performer Emmet Kelly is depicted in a famous photograph trying to put out the fire that occurred shortly after the San Francisco Earthquake in 1938.
False
True

Question 4:


Emmett Kelly died of heart attack in 1979 at age of 80.
False
True

Question 5:


This female comedian, like Lucille Ball before her, on occasion dressed up like Emmet Kelly's character, Weary Willie, and swept up the stage at the end of her TV show.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 6:


Emmett Kelly took a year off from the stage and circus to serve as mascot for which baseball team?
New York Mets
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brooklyn Dodgers

Question 7:


In 1957, Cecil B. De'Milles hired Emmett Kelly to perform in "I, Clowns".
True
False

Question 8:


Circus performer Emmet Kelly started his trapeze act in 1923 with the John Robinson Circus.
True
False

Question 9:


Name Emmett Kelly's birth state, which is also the location of the Emmett Kelly Museum.
Nebraska
Kansas
Iowa
Nevada

Question 10:


Emmett Kelly's character, Weary Willie, always made fans burst out in laughter.
False
True

 


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