Pearl Bailey

American actress and singer (1918–1990)

Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918August 17, 1990) was an American actress and singer.

Bailey, costumed in the role of Butterfly, gauges the applause following her performance of the song "It's A Woman's Prerogative", July 5, 1946. Sustained applause required her to take another bow.


  • You can taste a word.
    • Quoted in Newsweek, 4 December 1967
  • You never find yourself until you face the truth.
    • Quoted in Criminal Minds Season 8, November 2012
  • People see God every day. They just don't recognize Him.
    • talking to a New York Times reporter in 1967
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