Raleigh County Historical Society  &  the West Virginia Humanities Council

History Alive



Minnie Pearl

July 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Wildwood House Museum

Minnie Pearl (1912 – 1996) will be portrayed by Denise Giardina of Charleston.

Sarah Colley (Minnie Pearl) studied theater while in college during the Great Depression intending to be a serious actress. While working for a traveling theater company she created the down home character of Minnie Pearl to help promote performances. Her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1940 was a success and eased fears that her satire of rural ways might not be appreciated by country audiences. People instead embraced Minnie as one of their own and she became a legend in country entertainment.

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