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Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (Pearl, Minnie)

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Born: 1912 AD
Died: 1996 AD, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses, Comedians, Entertainers, Musicians, Singer

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1912 - Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon or Sarah Colley, born on the 25th of October in Centerville, Tennessee in Hickman County, Tennessee about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Nashville. She was a country comedian who, along with friend Roy Acuff.

1939 - Her first performance onstage as Minnie Pearl was in Aiken, South Carolina.

1940 - Her first Grand Old Opry appearance was on the radio show, followed by 27 years of touring.

1985 - She was diagnosed with cancer, and recovered after a double mastectomy.

1991 - A mild stroke in June forced her to give up performing.

1996 - Her death at the age of 83 on the 4th of March was brought on by complications due to a stroke. She is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Franklin, Tennessee.


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