The staff and board of directors of the John and Mable Ringling Museum were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jean Rockwell Jacobs. Mrs. Jacobs was born in New York City and started her career as a Conover model. Jean was recalled as a beautiful woman with bright, sparkly eyes. She joined the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus in 1952 with a revolving ladder act. During a mishap in a 1953 performance at Madison Square Garden, she fell 30 feet. Her performing career was over, but a new chapter in her life opened when she married Lou Jacobs, a famous and beloved master clown. Jean and Lou had two daughters; Lou Ann and Dolly Jean. Dolly Jacobs and her husband Pedro Reis have carried on the tradition and spirit of the circus through the Circus Arts Conservatory. The CAC partners annually with The Ringling in the production of Summer Circus S...
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