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Millie Brown

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Millie Brown
Profession circus animal trainer
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Born 1860 in United States
Dead 1924 in United States
Country United States

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Title animal trader -
Location at June Bros. Circus in United States

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Marie Louise "Millie" Brown , circus animal trainer in United States

Born 1860 in United States dead 1924 in United States , daughter of animal trainer William C. Brown and animal trainer Louisa L. Brown .

Marie Louise Brown (1860-1924), known professionally as Little Mollie Brown, and later as simply Miss Mollie Brown, inherited her great skill from her mother, the renowned bareback rider Madame Louise Tourniare. The German born Louise Ciseck was apprenticed at an early age to the Tourniaire family, beginning her trick-riding career at the age of five. After wowing Europe and marrying Francois Tourniare, the entire troupe moved to America in 1846.

Mollie debuted with her own act at the age of five, thrilling audiences with her strength and skill as a bareback equestrienne. She toured with numerous circuses throughout the 1860s and early 1870s, receiving prominent billing and acclaim wherever she appeared.

In 1873 she astounded the circus world by becoming the first female equestrian to perform a somersault on a moving horse from a standing position. The feat delighted audiences and brought Mollie to a whole new level of fame - one that sustained her career for another decade, through her teenage years and into adulthood.

She married circus business professional Clarence Farrell in 1878, and later James Files, and seems to have retired from the ring sometime around 1884.

Mollie Brown died in Philadelphia in 1924, leaving two daughters and a legacy of skill and daring unequaled during her lifetime and beyond.

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Koehl, Dan, (2021). animal trainer Louisa Brown in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 29 May 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=1666. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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