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|Also Known As:||Pearl Mae Bailey||Died:||August 17, 1990|
|Born:||March 29, 1918||Cause of Death:||probable heart attack|
|Birth Place:||Newport News, Virginia, USA||Profession:||Cast ... singer actor dancer|
This Broadway musical star was noted for her trademark song delivery in which she interrupted a number to make comic asides to the audience. Bailey began her career performing in amateur shows and as a band singer in vaudeville and cabarets where she was known at first as the younger sister of dancer Bill Bailey. By the mid-1940s, she had evolved her own unique style of delivery--a slyly sultry and husky drawl--and her superb comic timing which she displayed in her hit recording "Tired" and her show-stopping performance in the 1946 Broadway musical "St. Louis Woman".
The following year, Bailey made her film debut in "Variety Girl" (1947), and while her magnetic personality made itself felt in featured "best friend" roles in the lush film musicals "Carmen Jones" (1955) and "Porgy and Bess" (1959) and as an earthy, savvy presence in the melodramas "St Louis Blues" (1958) and "All the Fine Young Cannibals" (1960), it was on the musical and cabaret stage that she was a star. Bailey triumphed on Broadway as a practical-minded madam in the Truman Capote/Harold Arlen collaboration "House of Flowers" (1955) and as the perennial matchmaker Dolly Levi in the all-black production of "Hello, Dolly!" (1967). By the 1970s, Bailey was a familiar presence, chatting on talk shows, posing with innumerable presidents and hosting her own TV series in 1971.
yeliabbailey ( 2009-02-18 )
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Joseph and Ella Mae had only 4 children: Bill, Eura, Pearl, and Virginia(Virgie, to family), I know this because I am the granddaughter of Eura Elizabeth's eldest son, William Wilson Lewis II. My mother Deborah Eura, has confirmed there were no other children born of their union.
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