Pearl Bailey (1918–1990)


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Her father Joseph was a minister and her mother was named Ella Mae. Her birth name was Pearly Mae but her parents anticipated she would be a boy and when a girl was born she was nicknamed "Dickie". Her brother was entertainer Bill Bailey (1912-1978). She spent her early life in Washington DC where she received her early education. Bailey ... See full bio »

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(1981)
(1959)
Variety Girl Pearl Bailey
(1947)
The Landlord Marge
(1970)

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 2014 P.O.V. (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Genius of Marian (2014) ... (performer: "Takes Two to Tango")
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Something's Gotta Give")
 2003 Mwah! The Best of the Dinah Shore Show (TV Special) (performer: "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" (originally "Moritat vom Mackie Messer"))
 1993 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Friend Like Me (Video short) (performer: "Best of Friends")
 1988 In Performance at the White House: A Salute to Broadway - The Shows (TV Special) (performer: "Before the Parade Passes By", "Legalize My Name", "Something Wonderful", "Hello, Dolly!")
 1981 The Fox and the Hound (performer: "Best of Friends" (1981), "Lack of Education" (1981), "Appreciate the Lady" (1981))
 1978 Happy Birthday, Bob (TV Special) (performer: "Hello, Bobby!" aka "Hello, Dolly!")
 1978 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Pearl Bailey (1978) ... (performer: "Hello, Dolly!") / (performer: "My Soul Is a Witness", "In the Good Old Summertime", "Everything's Coming Up Roses")
 1974 Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Drum")
 1971 The Pearl Bailey Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ethel Waters/Robert Goulet/Hines, Hines and Dad (1971) ... (performer: "When the Trumpet Sounds" - uncredited)
 1969 Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway (TV Movie) (performer: "A Little Girl From Little Rock", "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "Little Green Apples", "Wives and Lovers", "The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York)", "Seventy-Six Trombones", "There is Nothin' Like a Dame", "The Two of Us", "Elegance", "Hello Dolly", "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free")
 1968 The 22nd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (performer: "Put on Your Sunday Clothes/So Long, Dearie")
 1964 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.11 (1964) ... (performer: "Who Cares?", "Personality", "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?")
 1949-1961 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #14.27 (1961) ... (performer: "Two Ladies in de Shade of de Banana Tree")
- Episode #3.4 (1949) ... (performer: "Baby, It's Cold Outside", "The Hucklebuck" - uncredited)
 1959 Porgy and Bess (performer: "Oh, I Can't Sit Down")
 1958 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pearl Bailey, Lily Pons, Gertrude Berg (1958) ... (performer: "It Figures", "Watchin' the Trains Go By", "Chattanooga Choo Choo" - uncredited)
 1958 St. Louis Blues (performer: "Hush the Wind" (uncredited), "Saint Louis Blues")
 1957 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Tallulah Bankhead, Milton Berle, Pearl Bailey, Dean Jones, Reverend Billy Graham (1957) ... (performer: "Sweet Georgia Brown", "The Mambo, Tango, Samba, Calypso, Rhumba Blues" - uncredited)
 1956 That Certain Feeling (performer: "That Certain Feeling", "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart")
 1954 Carmen Jones (performer: "Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Drum", "Whizzin' Away Along de Track", "Card Song" - uncredited)
 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #4.42 (1954) ... (performer: "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)", "He's Gone")
 1948 Isn't It Romantic (performer: "I Shoulda Quit When I Was Ahead" - uncredited)
 1948 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pearl Bailey, Senor Wences, Al Kelly (1948) ... (performer: "Tired", "Good Enough For Me" - uncredited)
 1947 Variety Girl (performer: "TIRED")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Replaced Carol Channing in a recast, all-black Broadway stage production of "Hello, Dolly!". Pearl won a special Tony Award that year for her performance. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Personal Quote:

I am not a gourmet chick. See more »

Trivia:

According to her daughter Dee Dee Belson, she was highly amused by Garrett Morris playing her in drag on Saturday Night Live (1975). See more »

Nickname:

Pearly Mae See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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