Circus Legend Flying On…

nanupic.jpg It’s been a week of tears and heartache after the passing of Duina Zacchini Norman. What an honor it was having such an amazing lady in my life. Most of her family and close friends knew her as “Nanu.”

There was no question when “Nanu” entered a room that she was a legand…her spark, wit and downright bluntness was enough to entertain one for weeks to come.

Norman, a member of a famed circus family, was known as the ballerina of the air with her amazing trapeze performances. She told me her father created the first double human cannonball and she was the first female shot through the air.

Nanu traveled the world performing the cannonball act for more than 20 years. She made the cover of Life magazine, several appearances in movies and she was featured on Ed Sullivan’s TV variety show. NASA even asked Norman to be the first female to fly to space, but she declined.

Once Noram settled down to raise her family in Nashville, she opened Pia’s Antiques.

Duina Norman died this Wednesday, at 82. She is being buried Monday in Tampa.

“Nanu“ was and always will be the queen of the circus to me.

Almost a year ago I took her to the circus, you can watch the story on my video player. It is the story she told me, which differs a little from her obituary.

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