|Also Known As: ||
||August 17, 1990
||March 29, 1918
||Cause of Death:
||probable heart attack
||Newport News, Virginia, USA
RATE AND COMMENT
Went to live with mother in Washington, DC after parents' divorce
Entered amateur shows at age 15
Began career as touring singer/dancer; debut on the vaudeville stage at the Pearl Theatre in Philadelphia
First New York engagment (the Village Vanguard)
Toured with Cootie Williams's band
Broadway debut in the musical comedy "St. Louis Woman"
Film acting debut in "Variety Girl"
Appeared on the first telecast of Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater" (June)
Starred on Broadway in the all-black production of "Hello, Dolly!"
Appeared on a TV special with Carol Channing
Hosted own TV show, "The Pearl Bailey Show"