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Pearl Bailey Birthday and Biography


Born:  March 29, 1918

Birthplace: Newport News, VA

Died:  August 17, 1990

Zodiac Sign:  Aries

Pearl Mae Bailey was an American actress, singer, and author.

After appearing in vaudeville, she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946.

She received a Special Tony Award for the title role in the all-black Hello, Dolly! Production in 1968.

In 1986, she won a Daytime Emmy award for her performance as a fairy godmother in the ABC Afterschool Special Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale.

Her rendition of "Takes Two to Tango" hit the top ten in 1952.

In 1976, she became the first African-American to receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on October 17, 1988.


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