THE FLYING CODONAS

Alfredo Codona (7 October 1893 30 July 1937) was a Italian American trapeze artist.

Codona was born in Sonora, Mexico to a circus trapeze family that became famous in the Ringling Brothers Circus. His father owned the circus and his mother, Hortense Buislay, was from a great family of trapeze performers. He began appearing in the circus at 7 1/2 months when his father, a flyer, balanced him on his hand for the opening act. By 1913 Edward had formed a family act that included Alfredo, his brother Abelardo (known as Lalo), and his sister Victoria. Alfredo married his first wife, Clara Curtin (also an aerialist) in 1917 after she left her husband. They were divorced in 1927. In 1928 Codona married aerialist Lillian Leitzel who died in 1931, aged 39, in Copenhagen, Denmark when one of her hand rings snapped and she fell to a concrete floor. Both were temptuous, star performers whose personalities were well matched. Alfredo was famed for his triple somersault, which he regularly incorporated in his act. Codona later married a member of their trapeze act, Vera Bruce, in 1932. He was featured in the 1932 film Swing High, and was stunt double for Johnny Weissmuller in the 1934 film Tarzan and his mate. Alfredo continued to incorporate extremely dangerous stunts into his act and in 1933, he suffered an injury that prevented high aerial acts in the circus and retired from the trapeze in 1934.

Codona's distress about his second wife's death and inability to perform lead to the deterioration of his third marriage. He committed suicide by gunshot in Long Beach, California, after shooting Vera Bruce during a division of their property in front of her horrified mother (newspaper accounts of the day incorrectly stated that Vera was his second wife).She died the next day. Codona was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery at Leitzel's grave at his request. - WIKIPEDIA

 

 

The original gravesite was for Lillian Leitzel.  She is buried beneath the statue and seating area.

 

 

ALFREDO CODONA GRAVESITE

 

 

LALO CODONA (ALFREDO'S BROTHER) GRAVESITE

 

 

 

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