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Pearl Bailey

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An uninhibited vocalist who gave even more to her performances than some other singers around, Pearl Bailey gained popularity for her function in Broadway, cabaret, and Hollywood. Bailey’s sultry, slurred delivery livened up many a stale regular, including “Baby It’s Chilly Outdoors” and her just hit, “Requires Two to Tango.” The child of the preacher, Bailey started singing at age three (her sibling, Expenses Bailey, also trained her several dance methods). She was carrying out expertly by her early teenage years and after touring like a dancer for quite some time, she presented both like a vocalist and dancer with jazz rings led by Noble Sissle, Cootie Williams, and Edgar Hayes. She started performing like a single take action in 1944, and wooed night time club viewers with her calm stage existence and funny asides. After briefly changing Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Cab Calloway’s Orchestra through the middle-’40s, she debuted on Broadway during 1946 within the musical St. Louis Female. Bailey gained an award for some encouraging newcomer, and produced her 1st film, Variety Woman, in 1947. Though it wasn’t popular, her edition of “Tired” (from Range Girl) improved her standing up in the jazz community. She documented for a number of different brands, including Columbia, through the ’40s and lastly found popular in 1952 after putting your signature on to Coral. Her edition of “Will take Two to Tango,” supported by Don Redman’s Orchestra, strike the very best Ten. That same calendar year, she wedded drummer Louie Bellson, and he still left his placement with Duke Ellington to be her musical movie director. Bailey recorded many albums for Coral through the early ’50s, and starred as a lot of money teller within the 1954 film Carmen Jones. Even more starring roles implemented, within the W.C. Handy biopic St. Louis Blues along with the initial filmed edition of Gershwin’s traditional operetta Porgy and Bess. In 1959, a fresh recording agreement (with Roulette) led to a big change of path. After her double-entendre LP For Adults Just was prohibited from radio play, it became a huge vendor and occasioned a string of very similar albums through the early ’60s. She continuing to execute on Broadway, and gained a Tony award in 1970 on her behalf title function in Hello, Dolly!. She led her very own television variety present in 1971, but retired from energetic performance many years afterwards. Pearl Bailey was called towards the American delegation towards the US in 1976, and honored the Medal of Independence in 1988.

Quick Facts


Full Name Pearl Bailey
Died August 17, 1990, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Profession Singer, Voice Actor
Education Georgetown University
Nationality American
Spouse Louie Bellson, John Randolph Pinkett
Children Dee Dee Belson, Tony Bellson
Parents Ella Mae Bailey, Reverend Joseph Bailey
Siblings Bill Bailey
Awards Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Special Tony Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Performances, Coretta Scott King Award for Authors, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In Children's Programming
Music Songs Best of Friends, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Legalize My Name, Five Pound Box of Money, It Takes Two to Tango, That's Good Enough For Me, Appreciate the Lady, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Frankie And Johnny, Ain't She Sweet, Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me, Get It Off Your Mind, "Dat's Love", Solid Gold Cadillac, Around The World With Me, You Can Be Replaced, Before the Parade Passes By, Hello Dolly, I Hate Men, Like I Need a Hole in the Head, The Hucklebuck, A Woman's Prerogative, It's A Great Feeling, Lack of Education, Nothin', Nothin' Baby Without You, Nobody Makes A Pass At Me, To Keep My Love Alive, He Didn't Ask Me, They Didn't Believe Me, My Joe, Mamie Is Mimi, Rich People Of Hollywood
Albums Pearl Bailey And Louie Bellson, For Adults Only / More Songs for Adults Only, Pearl Bailey Sings, Songs Of The Bad Old Days, For Adult Listening, Cultured Pearl, At Her Best, The Blues Featuring Pearl Bailey, The One And Only Pearl Bailey Sings, St. Louis Blues, The Real Pearl Bailey, Days To Come, A Right Gem (The Dave Cash Collection), The Intoxicating Pearl Bailey, Pearl Bailey Sings Gershwin, Hide Away, Truly Pearl Bailey, Complete Jazz Series 1944 - 1947, My Man, Hello, Dolly! Broadway Deluxe Collector's Edition, St. Louis Woman (1946 original Broadway cast), Naughty, But Nice!, Come On Let's Play With Pearlie Mae (With Bonus Tracks), It's a Great Feeling + Pearl Bailey & Louis Bellson, Pearl At Roulette, Say "Si - Si", Old, Tired & Torn, Pearl Bailey - The Greatest Hits Collection, Doin' The Hucklebuck (Remastered), Personality, House Of Flowers, It’s A Womans Prerogative, Back 2 Back Jazz, Come on Let's Play with Pearlie Mae / Happy Sounds, Pearl Bailey Entertains / Cultured Pearl / I'm With You, The One and Only, Ma, He's Makin' Eyes at Me, Abroad, Solid Gold Cadillac, Just Pearl Bailey, The Outstanding Pearl Bailey, I've Taken A Fancy To You, Feeling the Blues, Let Me Entertain You, The Genius of Pearl Bailey, In New York, Around The World With Me, Pearl Bailey Sings Porgy & Bess and Other Gershwin Melodies, The Definitive Pearl Bailey, The Sensational Pearl Bailey, 16 Most Requested Songs
Movies Carmen Jones, The Fox and the Hound, Porgy and Bess, Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway, Norman... Is That You?, St. Louis Blues, That Certain Feeling, All the Fine Young Cannibals, The Landlord, Tubby the Tuba, Peter Gunn, Isn't It Romantic?, The Member of the Wedding
TV Shows The Pearl Bailey Show


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#Fact
1 In the 1980s, she was the spokeswomen for Duncan Hines Cookies.
2 Was a staunch conservative Republican.
3 Her brother was also an entertainer, Bill Bailey (1912-1978). He is generally credited with being the first to perform the "moonwalk" dance step on film in the classic musical Cabin in the Sky (1943), which starred Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Ethel Waters and Lena Horne.
4 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5 According to her daughter Dee Dee Belson, she was highly amused by Garrett Morris playing her in drag on Saturday Night Live (1975).
6 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 47-50. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
7 Sang "He'll Understand" at Joan Crawford's funeral in 1977.
8 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.).
9 Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
10 Appointed as a special ambassador to the United Nations in 1975 by President Gerald Ford.
11 Was an avid baseball fan, especially of the New York Mets.
12 Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1989.
13 Died in Philadelphia after collapsing at a local hotel.
14 Born at 7:00am-EST


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
P.O.V. 2014 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Something's Gotta Give"
Mwah! The Best of the Dinah Shore Show 2003 TV Movie documentary performer: "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" originally "Moritat vom Mackie Messer"
The Fox and the Hound 1981 performer: "Best of Friends" 1981, "Lack of Education" 1981, "Appreciate the Lady" 1981
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Pearl Bailey Show 1971 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway 1969 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"
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards 1968 TV Special performer: "Put on Your Sunday Clothes/So Long, Dearie"
The Danny Kaye Show 1964 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan Show 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Porgy and Bess 1959 performer: "Oh, I Can't Sit Down"
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
St. Louis Blues 1958 performer: "Hush the Wind" uncredited, "Saint Louis Blues"
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
That Certain Feeling 1956 performer: "That Certain Feeling", "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart"
Carmen Jones 1954 performer: "BEAT OUT DAT RHYTHM ON A DRUM", "WHIZZIN' AWAY ALONG DE TRACK", "CARD SONG"
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Isn't It Romantic? 1948 performer: "I Shoulda Quit When I Was Ahead"
Texaco Star Theatre 1948 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Variety Girl 1947 performer: "TIRED"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Peter Gunn 1989 TV Movie Mother
ABC Afterschool Specials 1985 TV Series Martha Dermody
Silver Spoons 1984-1985 TV Series Lulu Baker
The Member of the Wedding 1982 TV Movie Bernice Sadie Brown
The Fox and the Hound 1981 Big Mama (voice)
The Love Boat 1978 TV Series Millie Washington
Norman... Is That You? 1976 Beatrice Chambers
Tubby the Tuba 1975 Mrs. Elephant (voice)
Love, American Style 1973 TV Series segment "Love and High Spirits"
- Love and the Games People Play/Love and High Spirits/Love and the Memento/Love and the Single Husband/Love and the Stutter 1973 ... segment "Love and High Spirits"
The Landlord 1970 Marge
ABC Stage 67 1966 TV Series
All the Fine Young Cannibals 1960 Ruby
Porgy and Bess 1959 Maria
St. Louis Blues 1958 Aunt Hagar
That Certain Feeling 1956 Augusta aka Gussie
As the World Turns 1956 TV Series Corinne Bailey (1982)
Carmen Jones 1954 Frankie
Isn't It Romantic? 1948 Addie
Variety Girl 1947 Pearl Bailey - Singer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Today 1989 TV Series Herself
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Herself
In Performance at the White House: A Salute to Broadway - The Shows 1988 TV Movie Herself
50th Presidential Inaugural Gala 1985 TV Movie Herself
Broadway Plays Washington on Kennedy Center Tonight 1982 TV Movie Herself
Night of 100 Stars 1982 TV Special Herself
Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny 1982 TV Movie Herself
Great Vibes! Lionel Hampton & Friends 1982 TV Movie Herself
Signature 1982 TV Series Herself - Guest
All-Star Celebration Opening the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum 1981 TV Movie Herself
The John Davidson Show 1981 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1975-1981 TV Series Herself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1981 TV Series Herself
Horas doradas 1980 TV Series Herself
All-Star Family Feud Special 1980 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Contestant
All-Star Salute to Pearl Bailey 1979 TV Movie Herself
Happy Birthday, Bob 1978 TV Special Herself
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series Herself - Special Guest Star
The Hollywood Squares 1966-1977 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Paul Anka ... Music My Way 1977 TV Special Herself - Cameo
The 49th Annual Academy Awards 1977 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Captain Kangaroo 1976 TV Series Herself
Dinah! 1975-1976 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest Host
The Redd Foxx Becomes a Movie Star 1976 Documentary short Herself
Donny and Marie 1976 TV Series Herself
The Bob Braun Show 1975 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1967-1975 TV Series Herself - Co-Host / Herself - Vocalist / Herself - Singer / ...
The Dean Martin Show 1965-1974 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964-1973 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest / Herself - Guest Host
Hollywood's Talking 1973 TV Series Herself
The Carol Burnett Show 1972 TV Series Herself - Guest
Flip 1972 TV Series Herself
Bing Crosby and His Friends 1972 TV Special Herself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest Host / Herself - Guest Hostess
The Irv Kupcinet Show 1971 TV Series Herself
The Pearl Bailey Show 1971 TV Series Herself - Host / Singer
This Is Your Life 1971 TV Series Herself
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Herself
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards 1969 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Performance by Lead Actor in a Musical
Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway 1969 TV Movie Herself
Personality 1968 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show 1949-1968 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards 1968 TV Special Herself - Performer and Winner: Special Award
The Joey Bishop Show 1967 TV Series Herself
I've Got a Secret 1967 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Guest
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1966 TV Series Herself
What's My Line? 1955-1966 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
The Face Is Familiar 1966 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Jimmy Dean Show 1966 TV Series Herself - Guest
Hollywood Talent Scouts 1966 TV Series Herself
The Jack Paar Program 1963-1965 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The Danny Kaye Show 1964 TV Series Herself
The Andy Williams Show 1963 TV Series Herself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1960 TV Series Herself
The Big Party 1959 TV Series Herself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1956-1958 TV Series Herself / Guest
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom 1958 TV Series Herself
The Big Record 1958 TV Series Herself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Arthur Murray Party 1957 TV Series Herself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1957 TV Series Herself
The Bob Hope Show 1956 TV Series Herself
The Name's the Same 1955 TV Series Herself - Contestant
The Blue Angel 1954 TV Series Herself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954 TV Series Herself - Singer
The George Jessel Show 1954 TV Series Herself
All Star Summer Revue 1952 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist
The Fred Waring Show 1952 TV Series Herself
Songs for Sale 1951 TV Series Herself
Cavalcade of Stars 1949-1951 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist / Herself
Wonderful Town, U.S.A. 1951 TV Series Herself
All Star Revue 1950-1951 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist
Your Show of Shows 1951 TV Series Herself - Guest Performer
Texaco Star Theatre 1948-1951 TV Series Herself - Singer
Sugar Hill Times 1949 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters 2006-2014 TV Series documentary Herself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories 2008 Video Herself
The Bronx Is Burning 2007 TV Mini-Series Herself
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Dolly Levi (in 'Hello, Dolly!')
Andy Williams: My Favorite Duets 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary Herself
Passing the Baton 2003 Video documentary short Herself
Mwah! The Best of the Dinah Shore Show 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1993 TV Special documentary Herself
The Best of Disney Music: A Legacy in Song - Part I 1993 TV Movie Herself
The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion 1993 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song 1992 Video documentary Big Mama
Johnny Carson's 29th Anniversary 1991 TV Special Herself
Muppet Video: Muppet Moments 1985 Video Herself
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show' 1981 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1976 TV Series Herself - Vocalist
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals 1974 TV Movie Herself
The Last Generation 1971

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on February 1, 1994 at 7080 Hollywood Blvd.
1986 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming ABC Afterschool Specials (1972)
1977 Life Achievement Award Screen Actors Guild Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1975 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Female Star of the Year

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Musical Performance Porgy and Bess (1959)

TitleSalary
Carmen Jones (1954) $1,666 .66 per week

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1 I am not a gourmet chick.
2 What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.


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