“Family Circus” Ringleader


We all know and love the comic strip, FAMILY CIRCUS.
What you may not know is that artist Bill Keane attributes it all to his wife Thelma, the “mommy character” portrayed in the strip. Thelma recently passed away at age 82. The strip is characterized by gentle humor and portraying a loving family that attends church.
Bill, now 85 years old, has passed most of the daily work to his son Jeff to complete. Bill’s other son, Glen, is a Disney animator known for animating such characters as ARIEL, THE BEAST, ALADDIN, and TARZAN.
MOVIEGUIDE® joins the Keane family in celebrating the life of Thelma Keane, the human inspiration for such a family-friendly comic strip.

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