People, Aug. 6, 1973

"La-a-a-a-dies and gentillllmen: the Greatest Show on Earrth!" Charlton Heston, dressed in black boots, white pants, scarlet coat and top hat, was kicking off the celebrity-filled first night of Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey in Los Angeles. Walter Matthau turned up as one of the clowns. "I was raised in an orphanage, and I went to the circus for the first time when I was twelve," Matthau recalled. "It was one of the happiest times of my childhood." Matthau's son Charlie, 10, was crowned King of the Circus. Then came the grand...

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