Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

July 04, 2008

LARRY HARMON, 83

Bozo the Clown entrepreneur

Larry Harmon, who appeared as Bozo the Clown for decades and licensed the name to other Bozos around the world, died yesterday at his home of congestive heart failure, his longtime publicist, Jerry Digney, told the Associated Press.

Although not the first person to play Bozo, Mr. Harmon took on the famous clown's persona and, as an entrepreneur, he licensed the character to others, particularly TV stations. Those stations then recruited their own Bozos for local shows.

Mr. Harmon adopted his alter ego after answering a casting call to make personal appearances as a clown to promote records. He got the job and eventually bought the rights to Bozo.

Along the way, he embellished Bozo's distinctive look: the orange-tufted hair, the bulbous nose, the outlandish red, white and blue costume.

"You might say, in a way, I was cloning BTC (Bozo the Clown) before anybody else out there got around to cloning DNA," Mr. Harmon told the Associated Press in a 1996 interview.

"Bozo is a combination of the wonderful wisdom of the adult and the childlike ways in all of us," Mr. Harmon said.

MARIE CASTELO

Celebrated in Springsteen song

Fortune teller Madam Marie, a figure of rock 'n' roll mythology thanks to Bruce Springsteen, has died. She was in her mid-90s.

The psychic reader and adviser began telling fortunes on the Asbury Park Boardwalk in New Jersey in the 1930s.

Madam Marie became famous in 1973 when Mr. Springsteen paid homage to her in the song "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)."

His lyric, "Did you hear, the cops finally busted Madam Marie for tellin' fortunes better than they do," cemented her fame.

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