Pearl Mae Bailey was an American singer and actress who was born in Southampton County and raised in Newport News near this site. She began her singing career which spanned more than 50 years at the age of 15. Bailey made her Broadway debut in 1946 in St. Louis Woman and took secondary roles in several films, among them Carmen Jones (1954), Porgy and Bess (1959), and All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960). In 1967 she and Cab Calloway headlined an all-black-cast version of Hello, Dolly! that returned to Broadway in 1975. Bailey won a Tony award in 1968 for her performance.
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Geographic Location: Newport News
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