|Born||in Newport News, Virginia, USA|
|Died||in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (heart failure)|
|Birth Name||Pearl Mae Bailey|
|Height||5' 6½" (1.69 m)|
Mini Bio (2)
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 frequently appeared in the Old Howard theater in downtown Washington. As a young woman she toured the Pennsylvania mining towns as a dancer and later as a singer in Vaudeville. She starred in the film St. Louis Blues opposite Nat King Cole, which was the biography of W.C. Handy. Her greatest theater role was in the Broadway musical "Hello Dolly".
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Composer, singer and songwriter. She was a dancer, then a singer in New York in the early 1940s, touring with the Cootie Williams orchestra, and later a featured singer in night clubs, radio and television. She made stage appearances in "Arms and the Girl", "St. Louis Woman"; and "House of Flowers". She made many records. Joining ASCAP in 1958, her popular-song compositions include: "A Five Pound Box of Money"; "Jingle Bells Cha Cha Cha"; "I'm Gonna Keep On Doin'"; and "Don't Be Afraid to Love".
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|Louie Bellson||(19 November 1952 - 17 August 1990) (her death) (2 children)|
|John Randolph Pinkett||(31 August 1948 - 1952) (divorced)|
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