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Red Skelton

The son of a former circus clown turned grocer and a cleaning woman, Red Skelton was introduced to show business at the age of 7 by Ed Wynn, at a vaudeville show in Vincennes. At age 10, he left home to travel with a medicine show through the Midwest, and joined the vaudeville circuit at age 15. At age 17, he married Edna Marie Stilwell, an usher who became his vaudeville partner and later his chief writer and manager. He debuted on Broadway and radio in 1937 and on film in 1938. His ex-wife/manager negotiated a seven-year Hollywood contract for him in 1951, the same year The Red Skelton Hour (1951) premiered on NBC. For two decades, until 1971, his show consistently stayed in the top twenty, both on NBC and CBS. His numerous characters, including Clem Kaddiddlehopper, George Appleby, and the seagulls Gertrude and Heathcliffe delighted audiences for decades. First and foremost, he considered himself a clown, although not the greatest, and his paintings of clowns brought in a fortune after he left television. His home life was not completely happy--two divorces and a son Richard who died of leukemia at age 9--and he did not hang around with other comedians. He continued performing live until illness, and he was a longtime supporter of children's charities. Red Skelton died at age 84 of pneumonia in Rancho Mirage, California, on September 17, 1997. Red is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, California, in the Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Benediction.

The database contains 16 images with Red Skelton, divided over 9 titles.

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Promo shot with Arlene Dahl

1526 * 1192 A Southern Yankee 1948

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1200 * 877 Lovely to Look at 1952

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1170 * 932 Thousands Cheer 1943

Lobby card with Lena Horne

2743 * 2148 Ziegfeld Follies 1945

Lobby card with Ann Rutherford & Jean Rogers

2422 * 1898 Whistling in Brooklyn 1943

Lobby card with Esther Williams & Ricardo Montalban

1325 * 1044 Neptune's Daughter 1949

Promo shot with Eleanor Powell

2500 * 2025 I Dood It 1943

Promo shot with Eleanor Powell & Ann Sothern

2751 * 2105 Lady Be Good 1941

Promo shot with Eleanor Powell, John Carroll, Ann Sothern & Robert Young

2668 * 2131 Lady Be Good 1941