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.
Henry Cannon — Husband
Virginia — Sister
Attended Ward-Belmont College, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Birth Name: Sarah Ophelia Colley
Birth Place: Centerville, Tennessee, United States