Minnie Pearl

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  • Birth Name: Sarah Ophelia Colley
  • Birth Place: Centerville, Tennessee, United States
  • Died: March 4, 1996
  • Profession: Comedian, Singer, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Found the inspiration for the character Minnie Pearl in a humorous elderly woman in an Alabama mountain town who housed Colley for a night when lodging wasn't available.
  • Was managed and personally flown by pilot and husband Henry Cannon, whose charter service catered to country artists including Tom Parker, Hank Williams, Carl Smith and even Elvis Presley.
  • Lent her name to an ill-fated chain of chicken restaurants aimed at competing with Kentucky Fried Chicken. 
  • Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1975, becoming the first comedian so honored. 
  • Is celebrated with artifacts in the Grand Ole Opry Museum (originally at Opryland USA). One of her "$1.98" signature hats is also on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
  • Treated for breast cancer in 1985 at a Nashville center that was later renamed the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center.

Relationships

  • Henry Cannon — Husband
  • Virginia — Sister

College

  • Attended Ward-Belmont College, Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Sarah Ophelia Colley
  • Birth Place: Centerville, Tennessee, United States
  • Died: March 4, 1996
  • Profession: Comedian, Singer, Actor