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Pearl Bailey

Pearl Bailey
Pearl Bailey in St. Louis Woman (1946)
Personal information
Birth namePearl Mae Bailey
Birth dateMarch 29, 1918
Place of birthSouthampton County, Virginia, U.S.
Date of deathAugust 17, 1990(age 72)
Death placePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Spouse-John Randolph Pinkett-1948-1952
-Louie Bellson-1952-1990

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Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 August 17, 1990) was an American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville, she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968. In 1986, she won a Daytime Emmy award for her performance as a fairy godmother in the ABC Afterschool Special, Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale.

Her rendition of "Takes Two to Tango" hit the top ten in 1952.

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