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Weary Willie Day: History of Weary Willie created by Emmett Kelly



Weary Willie Day

Weary Willie Day celebrates Weary Willie, a sad hobo clown that was played by Emmett Kelly, who was born on December 9, 1898. Weary Willie Day on December 9th perceives the art of clowning and the effect it has on our lives. This holiday was named for the character made popular by Emmett Kelly.

Weary Willie was an extraordinary character in the art of clowning. Kelly had created Weary Willy when the white-faced, goofy clown was the standard, and selling the thought for a sad, down-on-his-luck clown didn’t fit the formula most circuses were looking for. For now, Kelly set back on the white face and the brightly colored costume.

Who was Emmett Kelly?

Emmett Leo Kelly was an American circus entertainer, who made the clown figure “Weary Willie”, in light of the hobos of the Depression-era.

Emmett Kelly

Emmett Kelly originally made the Weary Willie character in an attempt to get some more cash-flow since his wife had become pregnant with a child. Nonetheless, he was not ready to perform as Weary Willie until 1933 during the Depression because, before then, individuals thought he just looked like a hobo, not a clown. At the point when everybody began dressing in shabbier garments, his sad hobo dress was more acceptable.

Initially, a trapeze artist and cartoonist, Kelly performed as a white face clown during the 1920s, before changing to Weary Willie in the mid-1930s. He had thought of the hobo clown thought regarding 10 years prior, however it was not until the Great Depression that he had the option to convince the management to enable him to completely do the switch.

His routine as a melancholy hobo clown contrasted him from the white face slapstick clowns of the period, and he was popular for decades. He performed with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1942 to 1956, and in some film and Broadway roles. He was at the notable Hartford circus fire of July 6, 1944, where 167 individuals passed on. It is said this is the one time that he could be seen shedding genuine tears.

Times and attitudes changed when the nation was in the depths of the Great Depression. Discouraged and world-weary was the essence of the country. Individuals could relate to Weary Willie more than ever. Weary Willie, his frowning, whisker-shadowed face and his filthy, torn and worn costume, proceeded to become an American icon.

His child, Emmett Kelly, Jr. continued Weary Willie’s persona well into the modern era until his passing in 2003, at 83 years old.

This holiday was named for the character made famous by Emmett “Weary Willie” Kelly. As far back as he was a little child, he’d dreamed of joining the circus. In 1933, Emmett Kelly became the clown, Weary Willie. He died of a heart attack in 1979, yet he is recalled today on Weary Willie Day every year.

Weary Willie Day is being observed today! It has consistently been observed every year on December 9th.

Today is a day to welcome the art of clowning and the effect that it has had on our lives. Set aside some effort to learn to juggle, or possibly wear some really big pants.

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