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Apolonia Van Voorden
Miss Loni Cross
Apolonia Abeen

(1926-04-14)April 14, 1926
Died November 11, 2012(2012-11-11)
Resting place Highland Cemetery
Nationality Dutch
Other names Miss Loni
Citizenship American
Occupation Foot juggler
Employer Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Circus Vargas, Harlem Globetrotters, et al.
Spouse(s) Frederik Jan Van Voorden
Awards Queen of the Circus (1961) as voted by members of the International Circus Fans Association
Signature of Apolonia Van Voorden (Miss Loni).jpg

Apolonia "Miss Loni" Van Voorden (April 14, 1926 - November 11, 2012) was a Dutch American foot juggler who began her career at the age of 10 in her father's family circus in the Netherlands.

Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 1926, Van Voorden emigrated to the United States on March 28, 1950 and gave her first performance there with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, working in a display with juggler Francis Brunn. After being introduced to Cecil B. Demille she was asked to be in his 1952 movie, The Greatest Show on Earth. Ten years later in 1962 she was cast as a circus performer in the movie Billy Rose's Jumbo.

Ms. Van Voorden became a naturalized United States Citizen on July 9, 1963.

In addition to performing with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Van Voorden's extensive career also saw her juggle with Circus Vargas, The Polack Brothers Circus, and Minsky's Follies. She regularly performed at various venues such as "... fairs, festivals, night clubs, and special events." For two years Ms. Van Voorden was also featured as a half-time act with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Ms. Van Voorden was voted the "Queen of the Circus" in 1961 by the International Circus Fans Association.


Year Title Role Notes
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth Herself
1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo Circus Performer #7 (final film role)
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