Minnie Pearl

Minnie Pearl
1912 - 1996

Minnie Pearl  American Personality


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Minnie Pearl passed away on 4th Mar 1996 aged 83.


Minnie Pearl was previously married to Henry Cannon (1947 - 1996).


American Personality Minnie Pearl was born Sarah Colley on 25th October, 1912 in Centerville, Tennessee, USA and passed away on 4th Mar 1996 Nashville, Tennessee, USA aged 83. She is most remembered for Grand Old Opry. Her zodiac sign is Scorpio.

Minnie Pearl is a member of the following lists: American female country singers, Ward–Belmont College alumni and 20th-century American singers.


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First Name Sarah (Minnie)
Last Name Pearl
Maiden Name Colley
Full Name at Birth Sarah Colley
Alternative Name Minnie Pearl
Age 83 (age at death) years
Birthday 25th October, 1912
Birthplace Centerville, Tennessee, USA
Died 4th March, 1996
Place of Death Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Cause of Death Stroke
Build Average
Hair Color Grey
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Sexuality Straight
Religion Christian
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
University Belmont College, Nashville, TN
Occupation Text Country comedian
Occupation Personality
Claim to Fame Grand Old Opry
Music Genre (Text) Country, Comedy
Music Genre Country
Year(s) Active 1939-1991
Music Style Traditional Country, Country Comedy
Music Mood Amiable/Good-Natured, Earthy
Instrument Vocals

Biography by Sandra Brennan
Wearing calico and gingham dresses and always sporting a big old straw hat with a $1.98 price tag hanging down, Minnie Pearl would light up the stage with a broad grin and offer her fans a boisterous "Howwwdyyy" before tickling them with her unique brand of downhome country corn, most of which was centered around her finding herself "a feller." For over 50 years, Pearl was the undisputed queen of country comedy and over her career was an icon of the Grand Ole Opry. For 20 of those years, she was also a staple of the syndicated sketch comedy show Hee Haw. Born Sarah Ophelia Colley in Centerville, TN, she originally aspired and trained to become a serious actress. However, she was touring with an Atlanta-based troupe when she created Minnie Pearl. The character was an instant hit and Colley never looked back; she went on to become one of America's first successful standup comediennes. In addition to her work on the Opry, where she debuted in 1940, and its television shows, Pearl frequently toured the country with other performers. She also appeared in a handful of feature films, beginning with the tuneful Forty Acre Feud (1965). Unlike the brash, man-hungry Minnie Pearl, Sarah Colley was a cultured, gracious, and caring woman married to her manager Henry Cannon. The two lived next door to the governor's mansion in Nashville. During her career, Pearl received numerous awards. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1975. A decade later, she underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Upon her recovery, Pearl became a volunteer and spokesperson for the American Cancer Society and in 1987 was awarded the society's Courage Award by President Ronald Reagan at a special White House ceremony. In 1991, Pearl suffered a crippling stroke. On March 5, 1996, she suffered what was diagnosed as either another stroke or a brain seizure and passed away at age 83.

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Minnie Pearl83 ScorpioPersonality
Henry Cannon80 Leo


Coal Miner's Daughter1980Minnie Pearl (uncredited)Movie
The Love Boat1977Aunt Effie, MollyTV Show
That Tennessee Beat1966Rev. Rose ConleyMovie
Forty Acre Feud1965Ma CulpepperMovie
Grand Ole Opry1955TV Show




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