Pearl Bailey

Pearl Bailey

  • Highest Rated: 92% The Landlord (1970)
  • Lowest Rated: 70% The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  • Birthday: Mar 29, 1918
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Spirited black singer and actress of stage and screen, Bailey is the daughter of a preacher. She started her performing career at age 15 after winning an amateur contest, then went on to tour as a dancer appeaedr as a singer-dancer with various jazz bands. Her big break came with her debut on Broadway in the musical St. Louis Woman; her performance earned her a "most promising newcomer of 1946" award. Bailey became known for her throaty, sexy voice, down-to-earth personality, and jokey mischievousness. Her screen debut came as a guest star in Variety Girl, in which she sang "Tired," her first major hit. She eventually appeared in a number of stage and screen musicals, as well as landing several straight roles. In the late '60s she was awarded a Tony for her work in the title role of the all-black version of Broadway's Hello Dolly! Bailey hosted her own TV variety show in 1971, but retired from show biz in 1975. Also in 1975, she was named to the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Her autobiography, The Raw Pearl, appeared in 1968.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Broadway's Best at Pops Actor 2007
No Score Yet Cindy Eller Actor 1991
No Score Yet The Member of the Wedding Actor 1983
70% The Fox and the Hound Big Mama 1981
No Score Yet Tubby the Tuba Actor 1977
No Score Yet Norman...Is That You? Beatrice Chambers 1976
92% The Landlord Marge, Tenant 1970
No Score Yet Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway Actor 1969
No Score Yet All the Fine Young Cannibals Ruby Jones 1960
83% Porgy and Bess Maria 1959
No Score Yet St. Louis Blues Aunt Hagar 1958
80% Carmen Jones Frankie 1954
No Score Yet Isn't It Romantic? Addie 1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl Specialty 1947

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1972

QUOTES FROM Pearl Bailey CHARACTERS

Big Mama
If only the world wouldn't get in the way. If only people would just let you play. They say you're both being fools. You're breaking all the rules. They can't understand the magic of your wonderland. When you're the best of friends, sharing all that you discover. When these moments have past, will that friendship last? Who can say there's a way? Oh I hope, I hope it never ends, 'cause you're the best of friends.
Big Mama
Darlin, forever is a long, long time, and time has a way of changing things.