Pearl Bailey

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  • Birth Name: Pearl Mae Bailey
  • Birth Place: Newport News, Virginia, United States
  • Died: August 17, 1990
  • Profession: Singer, Dancer, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Dropped out of high school to focus on her entertainment career.
  • First appeared on Broadway in the mid-1940s in the musical St. Louis Woman, earning a Donaldson Award for Best Newcomer on Broadway.     
  • Authored several books, including the autobiography The Raw Pearl (1968). 
  • Appeared in numerous film roles and starred in a TV series, the Pearl Bailey Show, as a result of her successful stage career.
  • Graduated from college at age 67. She was inspired to earn her degree after being awarded an honorary doctorate several years earlier.  
  • Performed for troops at USO concerts and served as an ambassador to the United Nations.
  • Was awarded America's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1988 for her artistic and humanitarian efforts.

Awards

  • 1968, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1976, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner

Relationships

  • Dee Dee Jean Bellson — Daughter
  • Virgie Murray — Sister
  • Joseph James Bailey — Father
  • Eura Robinson — Sister
  • Anthony Bellson — Son
  • Ella Mae Bailey — Mother
  • Bill Bailey — Brother
  • Louis Bellson — Husband (deceased)

College

  • Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia, United States (BA in Theology, 1985)

Details

  • Birth Name: Pearl Mae Bailey
  • Birth Place: Newport News, Virginia, United States
  • Died: August 17, 1990
  • Profession: Singer, Dancer, Actor

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