Pearl Bailey

Stage Actress

Birthday March 29, 1918

Birth Sign Aries

Birthplace Virginia

DEATH DATE Aug 17, 1990 (72)

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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.


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.