Dame Joanna Lumley
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Joseph Grimaldi began his stage career as a child, a sidekick to his father, resident buffoon at the Sadlers Wells Theatre. He came to fame in 1781 when a trick went spectacularly wrong
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The Victoria and Albert Museum has many depictions of Grimaldi, including one by Cruickshank and one by Cooper. Project Gutenberg has Charles Dicken’s Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi. Cruickshank’s illustration of Joseph’s flight into the orchestra pit can be found in the Memoirs (Chapter 1).