Pearl Bailey

Actor, Musical Artist

1918 – 1990


Who was Pearl Bailey?

Pearl Mae Bailey was an American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville, she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! 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.

Famous Quotes:

  • There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you -- if you don't repeat it.
  • A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing.
  • The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love.
  • You never find yourself until you face the truth.
  • What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.
  • The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self. All sin is easy after that.
  • Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first.
  • There is a period of life when we swallow knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.
  • There are two kinds of talent, man-made talent and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.
  • People see God every day; they just don't recognize Him.


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Mar 29, 1918
Southampton County
Also known as
  • Pearl Mae Bailey
  • Pearly Mae
  • Dickie
  • African American
  • United States of America
  • Georgetown University
Lived in
  • Virginia
Aug 17, 1990

on July 23, 2013