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Pearl Bailey



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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
69% 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
No Score Yet Something Special
  • Actor
1971
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
74% Carmen Jones
  • Frankie
1954
No Score Yet Variety Girl
  • Specialty
1947

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