Pearl Bailey Biography

Journalist, Television Actress, Film Actor/Film Actress, Theater Actress, Actress, Film Actress, Singer (1918–1990)
Pearl Bailey was a Tony Award-winning singer and actress known for her roles in works like Carmen Jones, House of Flowers, Hello, Dolly! and Porgy and Bess.


Born on March 29, 1918, in Newport News, Virginia, Pearl Bailey became a cabaret singer who made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman. She was acclaimed for her work in stage productions like House of Flowers and Hello, Dolly!, for which she won a 1968 Tony Award, and also appeared many times on film and in television variety programs, including The Ed Sullivan Show. A United Nations adviser in her later years, Bailey died on August 17, 1990, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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