#535 Pearl Bailey / Sam Walton – 29 March 1918

Pearl Bailey

Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990) was an American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville, she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. In 1954, she took the role of Frankie in the film version of Carmen Jones, and her rendition of “Beat Out That Rhythm on the Drum” is one of the highlights of the film. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968.

Sam Walton

Samuel Moore “Sam” Walton (March 29, 1918 – April 5, 1992) was a businessman, entrepreneur, and Eagle Scout born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma best known for founding the retailer Walmart.


Also born on this day:
Dick Jacobs was an American musician , conductor , arranger , orchestrator and music director.
Friedelind Wagner was the granddaughter of the composer Richard Wagner.
Rosemary Rapaport was a violinist and music teacher who founded the Purcell School  for musically gifted children.
Shirley Jameson was a center fielder who played from 1943 through 1946 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Erik Bladström was a Swedish sprint canoer.
Le Van Thiem was one of the most prominent scientists of Vietnam in the 20th century.
François de Grossouvre was a French politician.
Jane Weinberger was an American author, publisher and wife of Caspar Weinberger.
Adeline Geo-Karis was a Republican politician and a member of the Illinois Senate.

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