Annie Fratellini, one of the world’s few female clowns and a member of France’s best-known circus dynasty, died June 30 of cancer in Paris. She was 64.
Born into a family of circus artists in Algeria (then a French colony), she began performing at age 14 at the Medrano and Pinder circuses and founded western Europe’s first circus school.
The wife of French film director Pierre Etaix, she starred in several films, including “Le Grand Amour,” “Zazie in the Metro” and Federico Fellini’s “The Clowns.”
She is survived by her husband.