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Pearl Bailey (1918–1990)


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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Known For

The Fox and the Hound
(1981)
Porgy and Bess
(1959)
Carmen Jones
Carmen Jones Frankie
(1954)
ABC Afterschool Specials
ABC Afterschool Specials Martha Dermody
(1985)

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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 Movie documentary) (performer: "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" (originally "Moritat vom Mackie Messer"))
 1988 In Performance at the White House: A Salute to Broadway - The Shows (TV Movie) (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 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Pearl Bailey (1978) ... (performer: "Hello, Dolly!" - as "Hello, Fellas!") / (performer: "My Soul Is a Witness", "In the Good Old Summertime", "Everything's Coming Up Roses")
 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)
- Episode #10.32 (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)
- Episode #2.30 (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")
 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")
 1948 Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1948) ... (performer: "Tired", "Good Enough For Me" - uncredited)
 1947 Variety Girl (performer: "TIRED")
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Show Show Self (85 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (21 credits)

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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:

What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork. See more »

Trivia:

Won a Special Tony Award in 1968 for her performance as a replacement in the lead in "Hello, Dolly!". RCA released a new version of the Broadway Cast Recording with Bailey, the first time this was done during a Broadway show's original run. (Carol Channing had originated the role in 1964.). See more »

Nickname:

Dickie See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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