1918 - Born on the 29th of March in Southampton County, Virginia, to Rev. Joseph & Ella Mae Bailey.
1933 - Began as a dancer and won an amateur contest in Philadelphia.
1938 - She won a singing contest at Harlem's Apollo Theatre.
1946 - Starred in the Broadway musical St Louis Woman.
1952 - Married the drummer-bandleader Louis Bellson.
1954 - Appeared in many films, television, and stage shows, including Carmen Jones.
1967-1969 - Hello, Dolly.
1968 - Her autobiography, The Raw Pearl, was published in this year.
1970-1971 - Hosted her own television variety show.
1988 - Awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom on 17th of October.
1990 - Pearl Bailey died on 17th of August due to heart failure.
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