Fat Lady, 'Alice From Dallas Dies
Death came Friday
November 25, 1955 10a.m. in a Dallas hospital to one of
the most beloved women in show business. Mrs. Frank T.
Julian, of 626 North Jester, Mrs. Julian the former Mary Alice
Wade, was the famous "Alice from Dallas" fat lady for Ringling
Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus for almost 30 years.
Mrs. Julian was 62,
Relatives said she had been dieting, was down to 425 pounds, at
the time of her death. At the peak of her 30-year career
in show business she weighed 685 pounds, according to the
sideshow signs, and she measured six feet around the midriff.
Mrs. Julian and her
husband a former tattooed man for the Ringling circus, has been
retired for about 10 years.
She was the champion
fat lady of all time." said her husband. "There was
never a fat lady with the weight, personality and showmanship of
Show people loved
her for her modesty ways and her fine sweet face. In their
early days of show business, on long cold rides in chair cars,
the younger midgets would sometimes crawl up in Alice's lap and
go to sleep. In Alice's albums are dozens of letters from
celebrities of the past like Jack Dempsey who knew and admired
Mrs. Julian was born
in Wylie, Collin County. Her family moved to Dallas in
1905 and she went to public schools here. She was a 450
pounder with a comparatively small pretty face and 20 years old
when she signed a contract with the Sells-Floto Circus.
She met Frank Julian
after she joined Ringling Brothers soon after World War I.
Julian who is now 76 and ailing, is a strong Republican and he
has the tattooed like images of U.S. presidents on his body with
Republicans chief executives getting the favored locations.
incredible, poundage and warm personality, Alice was amazingly
lithe for a circus fat woman.
"I've seen her walk
a mile or more, from the circus grounds to the train, keeping
stride with the giant and the thin man." said Frank Julian, "She
kept everyone happy with her cheerful ways She was the
Besides her husband,
Mrs. Julian, is survived by one sister, Mrs. A. C. Care of
Dallas: two brothers Ed Wade of Dallas, and A. T. Wade of Irving
and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services are
pending at Ed. C. Smith & Bros., 4183 Swiss.
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