Nebraska Authors

Fred Bradna

Born 1871

Died 1955

Fred Bradna was equestrian ringmaster with the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circuses from 1915 to 1945. He had served as a German Cavalry officer. When he attended a circus in Paris, France, a young woman circus rider fell and landed in his lap. He fell in love with her and the circus. He married her, and the two later emigrated to the United States and embarked on circus careers here. He wrote a circus memoir. The couple apparently had Omaha connections.

Author Of

  • Biography


Autobiography; Circuses


The Big Top: My Forty Years with the Greatest Show on Earth. 1952. In HR

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