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Film Stars Flee Blazing Circus Tent

Dec. 26, 1963 - John Wayne, Rita Hayworth, and other film personalities fled a blazing circus tent today at Aranjuez, Spain. Paramount studio officials gave this account: The tent was being used for the filming of a circus fire — but an unexpected breeze set the flames blazing the wrong way. About 40 square feet of the top of the tent fell. Mr. Wayne, working in the scene for the film “Circus World,” ran to safety. So did actresses Rita Hayworth and Claudia Cardinale; the director, Henry Hathaway; and more than 75 other technicians and workers. An elephant, a lion, and other animals had to be moved as a precaution. Firemen soon brought the blaze under control.


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