Title The Raw Pearl
Publisher New York Harcourt, Brace 1968
Seller ID 18992E
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, singer-actress Pearl Bailey, to her son Tony: “To my son Tony whom I love dearly - and who is so much a part of this book. God bless you always and your loved ones. Mama Pearl.” Illustrated. Very good plus bright copy with a bit of use and edge wear in a very good lightly used dust jacket with some fading to the spine and a few small chips and tears. Several photos of Pearl and Tony are in the book. A book of memoirs. Pearl Mae Bailey (1918 – 1990) was an American actress and singer, working in vaudeville and on Broadway. Her Broadway debut was in ‘St. Louis Woman' in 1946 and she went on to win a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of ‘Hello, Dolly!' in 1968. She also enjoyed a successful television career and in 1986, she won a Daytime Emmy award for her performance as a fairy godmother in the ABC Afterschool Special, ‘Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale.' Miss Bailey and her husband, jazz drummer Louie Bellson, adopted a son, Tony, in the mid-1950s, and a girl, Dee Dee, in the early 1960s. The meeting between Pearl, her husband jazz drummer Louie Bellson, and the infant boy, Tony, is loving described: “Sunday we took off for this town to get our fine son. There he was, this lovely baby boy nineteen months old, in just a diaper - not undershirt, no shoes - big wondering eyes staring at Louis and me. He might have been wondering if these two folks would leave him stranded later in this big world. Well, Son, we're still around.” When Tony was seven, Dee Dee was adopted into the family, to everyone's delight.