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Associate Professor Janet Davis releases new book on Tiny Kline

Posted: August 29, 2008
Janet Davis' "Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny Kline" is an engaging memoir which follows the life and career of circus performer Tiny Kline (1891- 1964) from the burlesque house to the circus tent, and on to Disneyland and the silver screen. While working for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Kline became well known for her signature "slide for life" stunt, an "iron jaw" act in which she slid to the ground while dangling from trapeze rigging by her teeth. Kline renewed her spectacular acrobatics at the age of seventy when she played Tinker Bell in the "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks show at Disneyland. In that same year, she also began writing her life story.
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