Pearl Bailey

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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.

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


  • 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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