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Grand Ole Opry To Celebrate ‘100 Priceless Years’ Of Comedienne Minnie Pearl

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Minnie Pearl 50th Opry AppearanceNashville, TN -- The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate the life of one of its most iconic members ever, Minnie Pearl, on Tues., Oct. 23, with a special show in honor of the beloved comedienne’s 100th birthday. The show will celebrate the performer’s humor and more than 50-year Opry career with vintage videos of Minnie’s career, performances and remembrances by Amy Grant, Opry members Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis and Jimmy Dickens, comedians Henry Cho and T. Bubba Bechtol, and more.

In celebration of Minnie’s legacy of caring for others, beginning today, five dollars from every ticket purchased for the show will go to The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation and the organization’s mission to create a more confident cancer journey for adults anytime, anywhere.

Fans can win their way to the special show by submitting a video sharing their best Minnie Pearl “HOWDEE” at by Sept. 17. The Opry will choose five favorites and let fans vote to choose the grand-prize winner on Oct. 5. In addition to tickets to the “Hats Off” show, prizing includes a two-night stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort, round-trip airfare aboard Southwest Airlines, and more.

“Minnie Pearl was an incredibly funny lady and an extraordinarily giving human being,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “We’re excited about celebrating the love and laughter the character Minnie Pearl embodies with our guests and with our partners at The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation.”

“The spirit of Minnie Pearl is alive and well within The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation,” said Susan Hosbach, executive director of The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation. “We’ve been celebrating our 25th anniversary and Minnie’s 100th birthday all year long. ‘We are just so proud’ to partner with the Grand Ole Opry to give Minnie and her legacy a celebration worthy of an icon.”

Sarah Ophelia Colley was born in Centerville, TN on October 25, 1912 and became Mrs. Henry Cannon in 1947. She first appeared as the now-iconic Minnie Pearl in 1938. An executive from 650 AM-WSM saw her perform in 1940 and extended an invitation to her to appear on the Grand Ole Opry. Minnie went on to entertain generations of fans from the Opry stage as well as on television and stages around the world, joyfully shouting, “How-dee! I’m jes’ so proud to be here!” and regaling audiences with tales from the character’s fictional hometown, Grinder’s Switch, Tennessee. Though Cannon died in 1996, it was her wish that the character she had created would live forever. Thus, the plaque honoring Minnie Pearl at the Country Music Hall of Fame is inscribed with only a birth date and no death date listed.

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