1837: Joseph Grimaldi
, English clown of stage and circus, died.
Clowns are encouraged to attend in motley dress and lay tributes to Joseph Grimaldi
Today, just 50 members have gathered for the service, which officially remembers the most celebrated English clown of all time, Joseph Grimaldi
Excellent choices such as Andrew McConnell Stott's Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi
(2009) and Ian McIntyre's Garrick (1999) are combined with some very questionable or dated ones such as Giles Playfair's Kean (1939).
It hosted readings by Charles Dickens, appearances by comedian and clowmning pioneer Joseph Grimaldi
, and peformances by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt and virtuoso violinist Niccolo Paganini.
He leaves his brother, William Grimaldo and his wife Rita, and a sister, Carol (Grimaldo) Sclamo, and was predeceased by his sister, Loretta (Grimaldo) Roy and his brothers, Albert Grimaldi and Joseph Grimaldi
. He was blessed with many nieces, nephews, and friends and was predeceased by nephews Richard Grimaldo and Francis Grimaldi.
And the greatest among them - the greatest ever, say historians of the theatre - was Joseph Grimaldi
, his impact so profound that to this day every clown is known as a "Joey." Grimaldi (yes, the family took over Monaco years later) was born in 1788 and toddled on stage when just two years old (beat that Brucie).
DID YOU GUYS KNOW JOSEPH GRIMALDI
IS SUPPOSED TO BE ONE OF THE EARLIEST CIRCUS CLOWNS?
biography JOSEPH GRIMALDI
Andrew McConnell Stott The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi
- Laughter, Madness and the Story of Britain's Greatest Comedian, to give this book its full and splendid title, is a fascinating study of the Victorian era's greatest comedy performer.
Thanks to them, great theatrical performers such as Edmund Kean and Joseph Grimaldi
were brought to life in miniature productions in drawing rooms all over the country.
Also on This Day: 1707: Birth of hymn writerCharles Wesley; 1779: Birth of pantomime artist Joseph Grimaldi
; 1865: Slavery was abolished in the United States; 1903: America acquired the Panama Canal Zone for an annual rent; 1946: The House of Commons voted to nationalise the railways; 1969: The House of Lords abolished the death penalty; 1979: The sound barrier was broken on land for the first time.
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