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Pearl Bailey letters,

Title
Pearl Bailey letters, 1943-1990.
Author
Bailey, Pearl.
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  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
  • Books and magazines transferred to General Research and Reference Division.
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  • Lillian Morrison
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  • Pearl Bailey (1918-1990) was an African American actress and singer. In films she was known chiefly for two roles: Maria in "Porgy and Bess"(1959) and Frankie in "Carmen Jones,"(1954) as well as her starring role on Broadway in an all-Black cast version of "Hello Dolly." During World War II, Bailey toured with the USO, performing for American troops. Beginning in 1946 she was a top attraction in nightclubs, variety houses and television programs in the United States and Britain. At age 67, in 1985, she graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in theology. Between 1968 and 1989, she published six books on her life, cooking, and educational experiences. Bailey served as a special ambassador to the United Nations in 1975 and 1989, and in 1988, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Sc MG 824
Author
Bailey, Pearl.
Title
Pearl Bailey letters, 1943-1990.
Summary
The Pearl Bailey letters (1943-1989) consist of correspondence between Bailey and her friend, Lillian Morrison, a published author, compiler, and editor of children's and young adult books as well as a librarian at the New York Public Library, 110th Street Branch. Most of the letters were written by Bailey, and refer to her various endeavors, including her USO work at Fort Huachucha in Arizona; recordings of the song "Tired", which was one of her hit songs; Disney's "The Fox and the Hound", for which she provided one of the voices; and her service with the United Nations. As both women were published authors, several of the letters make reference to this and to their long friendship and shared birthday, March 29, 1918. The letters do not provide a great amount of detail about Bailey's show business career.
Biography
Pearl Bailey (1918-1990) was an African American actress and singer. In films she was known chiefly for two roles: Maria in "Porgy and Bess"(1959) and Frankie in "Carmen Jones,"(1954) as well as her starring role on Broadway in an all-Black cast version of "Hello Dolly." During World War II, Bailey toured with the USO, performing for American troops. Beginning in 1946 she was a top attraction in nightclubs, variety houses and television programs in the United States and Britain. At age 67, in 1985, she graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in theology. Between 1968 and 1989, she published six books on her life, cooking, and educational experiences. Bailey served as a special ambassador to the United Nations in 1975 and 1989, and in 1988, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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