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Family Circus Inspiration Dies

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The inspiration for “mommy” in the cartoon Family Circus, has passed away. Thelma Keane, wife of cartoonist Bil Keane, passed away due to Alzheimer’s.

“She was the inspiration for all of my success,” Bil Keane, 85, told The Associated Press from his home in Paradise Valley on Sunday. “When the cartoon first appeared, she looked so much like Mommy that if she was in the supermarket pushing her cart around, people would come up to her and say, ‘Aren’t you the Mommy in ‘Family Circus?’ and she would admit it.”


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