Minnie Pearl

Minnie Pearl ( born October 25, 1912 as Sarah Ophelia Colley in Centerville, Tennessee; † 4 March 1996 in Nashville, Tennessee) was a country comedienne who became famous with the TV show Hee Haw and more than 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Their trademark was a big hat, on its side, a price tag that says " $ 1.98 " hung.


Her first professional engagement was Sarah Colley of the Wayne P. Sewell Production Company that brought plays and musicals in smaller centers in the Southeast on stage. During production, a musical comedy in Baileyton, Alabama, Colley met a woman from the rural area, which was the model for her stage alter ego " Cousin Minnie Pearl". She first appeared as Minnie Pearl, she had 1939 in Aiken, South Carolina; November 30, 1940, she appeared on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.

Your comedic performances were affectionate satires on her hometown of Centerville, they turned out as always " hungry men " unmarried woman represents, and often their fictional relatives came as "Uncle Nabob " and her "brother" before. In real life she was married from 1947 until her death with Henry Cannon. Minnie Pearl also sang comic songs, some of which were released as singles, such as How to Catch a Man ​​or Giddyup Go Answer, which was Minnie Pearl's only hit. The title reached number 10 in the 1966 C & W charts. The exclamation "how- deeee! I'm just so proud to be here! " Was her trademark, as well as a large Strohut with silk flowers, from which they " had " the price tag " forgot to remove $ 1.98 "and that henceforth hung at his side.

Minnie Pearl was from 1969 to 1991 one of the stars in the famous Saturday night show Hee Haw, more than 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry where he performed alongside stars such as Hank Williams, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Roy Acuff and Red Foley. In 1975, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

( Was in the Grand Ole Opry is home to 1974 ) in the foyer of the Ryman Auditorium is a bronze sculpture that shows Minnie Pearl and Roy Acuff her boyfriend sitting on a bench.


Pearl has many of the old country musician influences, most notably Hank Williams, she was almost maternally fond of, but also the younger generation of female country singer since Pearl as one of the first business women in general, and also one of the first women in show business as a model was considered. Also Pearl is considered pioneer of rural humor in their footsteps were like comedian Jerry Clower, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White and Daniel Lawrence ( " Larry the Cable Guy " ) Whitney.

Social Commitment

In later years, she founded after recovering from breast cancer, the " Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation ", a non-profit institution in the field of cancer research. Various oncology centers, " Sarah Cannon Cancer Center " as well as a research center named after her today.


Sarah Cannon died at the age of 83 years on the effects of a stroke. She was buried at Mount Hope Cemeterey in Franklin, Tennessee.