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When I see Weary Willie collectible dolls or hear the name Emmett Kelly, I, as most fans immediately have a picture in mind of the heart-tugging character, Weary Willie (W.W.), that Kelly created. In fact, it seemed that the man and the character were inseparable. Many people, way back when and into the present, just see the figure as Emmett Kelly (E.M.). In fact, when I first saw the large sad-faced hobo clown doll, I heard myself saying with glee in my voice, “Oh, an Emmett Kelly doll!”.
I was mesmerized from the moment I saw the hobo clown doll. A little part of me was holding itself quiet just like I did when I would wait for Emmet Leo Kelly, Sr. to talk when he was on center stage on television. He had a way of holding his audience's full attention without speaking a single word. The comedian was masterful in his presentation on TV, and I can imagine he was the same buffoon during his circus acts.
W.W. had that sad sack look down to perfection. In character, E.K., Sr. seemed to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders. Oddly, his sad face made us all feel good. It seemed like he had the ability to lift a little of the cares of the world off our own shoulders, for those brief precious moments that he entertained us.
America’s most famous and recognizable clown icon was masterminded by comic Emmett Kelly Sr. At that time, clowns were depicted with white makeup and happy faces. But, his vision for a sad-faced hobo clown met some resistance with the management, but then quickly won the hearts of audiences everywhere he performed. Most likely the part of his act that fans waited for the most was when W.W. picked up his broom and tried to sweep up the spotlight’s beam. The spot would move around on the floor and he would get it smaller, but it never totally disappeared as we watched in delight.
We were blessed once again in 1960 when Emmett Kelly, Jr. resurrected a not quite as sad hobo character. That saying, “Like father, like son”, became a reality for them and many wonderful smiles for us as they lifted us to a special place. Sadly, it was not exactly a “passing of the baton”, from father to son. As the father was not at all pleased with his son’s re-creation of the role and there were some hard feelings between them for many years. Eventually, the son retired from being the sad clown in 2004.
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One of my dearly departed aunts had an Emmett Kelly Jr. figurine displayed on the top of her china cabinet. I did like all the old colorful glassware, but my eye was always drawn to the hand painted ceramic Weary Willie clown doll figure.
Someday I hope to get some photos of that sad-faced clown figurine. It has been put away in storage for safe keeping since my auntie passed away. I will ask about doing a personal photo shoot with the world famous icon, Weary Willie's keepsake doll.
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Emmett Kelly, Sr.
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He was born on December 9, 1898 - and died on March 28, 1979. He was an American circus hobo clown created during the Great Depression.
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Emmett Kelly, Jr.
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The son of Emmet Kelly, also played the character while making the magic occur on center stage. He was loved by many fans, but was never the same as his beloved Dad.
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The hobo clown never retired. Emmett Kelly Senior took off the persona of Weary Willie for the last time in 1956 and did not go back into character again. The world was left with sweet memories of the antics of W.W., but there was a sense of loss to those in the audience who had hopeful hearts of just one more performance. I am sure many people still saw him in their memories as other performers' acts went uninterrupted and embellished by the appearance of Willie.
Kelly Senior never spoke a single word when he was in character. The two did share that smile once though, when W.W. received the news over the phone that his daughter, Stasia, was born. Then, his smile beamed right through Willie's sad face for all the world to see as one well timed picture was taken of that magical moment in 1955.
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“Weary Willie' is very real to me. He is a man who has given up. The boat has gone and left him. The cards are stacked against him. He's content to make out with what he's got. He knows he'll go no further.”
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"By laughing at me, the audience really laughs at themselves, and realizing they have done this gives them sort of a spiritual second wind for going back into the battles of life." ~ Mr. E.K. Senior
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