Lou "Flip the Clown" Flippen-Bayless, who died last
month at her home near Orlando. Maudie's clowning
career as the first Clown College graduate on the
newly-launched Ringling Bros Blue unit in 1971 was
cut short after five years by the illness and
subsequent death of her husband, Dutch Bayless, a
Vietnam vet who was a victim of Agent Orange.
returned, with her daughter, to Carson & Barnes to
clown for an additional ten years in the 1980s.
As the first
female graduate of Clown College to join Ringling
Bros.' new Blue unit in 1971, Maudie Lou Flippen (Bayless)
said during a 2008 interview that she just wanted
"to make people happy." Maudie was 66 when she died
at her home in Davenport, FL, on June 11, 2013.
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