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Pearl Bailey

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Birthday
29, 1918
Birthplace
Virginia
Death Date
Aug 17, 1990 (72)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
29, 1918
Birthplace
Virginia
Death Date
Aug 17, 1990 (72)

About

African-American singer and actress who won a Tony Award for her performance in an all-black Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! Her other Broadway credits include House of Flowers and St. Louis Woman.

Before Fame

She began her performing arts career as a Philadelphia-based nightclub singer and a United Service Organizations (USO) touring singer.

Trivia

Her film credits include roles in Porgy & Bess, Isn't It Romantic?, and St. Louis Blues.

Family Life

Her brother, Bill Bailey, had a career as a tap dancer. Her second husband, Louie Bellson, was a jazz percussionist.

Associated With

Her solo night club performances were followed by musical collaborations with Cab Calloway and other entertainers.