June 25, 2014 5:16 PM

Ringling Bros. circus performer Laura May Petrello, who co-starred in Charlton Heston film, dies at 89

Amid the telltale smell of sawdust, greasepaint and, uh, elephant, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performer Laura May Petrello stood by Charlton Heston’s side and gazed sweetly up at him. The actor, barechested and buff, smiled back.

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