1. Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991.
2. Sarah Colley was born in Centerville, in Hickman County, Tennessee, 50 miles southwest of Nashville.
3. She was the youngest of the five daughters of a prosperous lumberman in Centerville.
4. Her first professional theatrical work was with the Wayne P. Sewell Production Company, a touring theater company based in Atlanta.
5. She produced and directed plays and musicals for local organizations in small towns throughout the Southeast.
6. She developed her Minnie Pearl routine during this period. Her now famous hat was purchased downtown at Surasky Bros.
7. Pearl always dressed in styleless “down home” dresses and wore a hat with a price tag hanging from it, displaying the price of $1.98.
8. After she became an established star, her audiences usually shouted “How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E!” back.
9. She usually closed her monologues with the exit line, “I love you so much it hurts!”
10. Those who knew her recognized that the characters were largely based on real residents of Centerville.
11. She also appeared as a celebrity panelist on game shows such as Match Game in 1976 and Hollywood Squares in 1980.
12. With Emery, she performed in a weekly feature, “Let Minnie Steal Your Joke”, in the Minnie Pearl character and read jokes submitted by viewers, with prizes for the best jokes.