Pearl Bailey (Pearl Mae Bailey)
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BiographyNewport News, Virginia, USA
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. Read more... which was the biography of W.C. Handy. Her greatest theater role was in the Broadway musical "Hello Dolly".
Character: Herself - Presenter: Best Performance by Lead Actor in a Musical
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards 1969