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VIDEO CLIP: “I Love Lucy, The Very First Show” (1990)

Monday, April 30, 1990 “If you are wondering how we got tonight’s film [the Lost Pilot of “I Love Lucy”], my father (Desi Arnaz) gave it to Pepito the Clown as a thank you for guest-starring in the Pilot … but more importantly, for creating my parents’ vaudeville act.  Only after hearing it was missing,…

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Pepito, Spain’s Court Jester, Recalls Glittering Era (1948)

NEWPORT-BALBOA PRESS, PAGE 7—PART II THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1948. Pepito, “playmate of kings” and official court jester for the Spanish Crown under King Alfonso, chewed on a theatrical-looking cigar and spoke of clowns. “In Spain and Europe, generally clowns enjoyed the dignified status of dramatic artists,” Pepito said, comparing the position of the beloved fraternity…

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Los Angeles Daily News: Pretty Dancer to Wed Clown (1928)

Monday, June 25, 1928 It’s No Joke.  Pepito, famous clown, proposed to Joan Falcy (above), beautiful dancer, and she accepted.  The couple, now appearing at Fox theater here, will be married at sea and will tour world on honeymoon.  (Los Angeles Daily News photo). Keywords: Pepito the Spanish Clown Pepito the Clown Jose Escobar Perez…

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Pepito Meets Joanne: Their Matchmaker Was Charlie Chaplin (1928)

January 1, 1928 The 1928 premiere of of Charlie Chaplin’s movie “The Circus” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Hollywood included a live stage prologue (a stage show before the movie) called the “Ballyhoo.”  Chaplin wanted an actual three ring circus to precede the screening of the movie, to fit the theme of his film, but by…

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Watertown Daily Times: Pepito Forsakes Art to Become Clown (1922)

FORSAKES ART TO BECOME CLOWN FORTUNE LOST, GIVES UP CAREER AS A PAINTER PEPITO, SPANIARD, HERE Vaudeville Performer Made Hit On Stage With Caricatures  Until Persuaded to Join Clown Act — Now Learning English Language Watertown, New York DAILY TIMES November 14, 1922 (Melani Carty’s note:  This is the earliest U.S. newspaper article I have…

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The Mystery of Pepito’s Missing Scrapbook (2009)

Thursday, May 28, 2009 After the death of Joanne Perez, her entire estate was liquidated, and the proceeds benefitted Biola University in Southern California.  One of the items that was sold was Pepito’s scrapbook.  The current whereabouts of this fabulous scrapbook are unknown.  It is my hope that the current owner will contact me, and consider…

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Eye On Santa Ana: Pepito and Joanne, Dancing With the Hollywood Stars (1994)

Wednesday, June 1, 1994 by Catherine C. Cate  (This article originally appeared in the Summer 1994 issue of “Eye on Santa Ana.”) Behind the iron gates that surround the Victorian-style building at 1502 N. Ross in Santa Ana, California lies a world well known to thousands of aspiring performers:  “The Pepito and Joanne Academy of Dance.”…

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