The Fabulous Jim Bailey



This was on television 40 years ago.


(Thanks to Cool Cookie!)

12 comments:

  1. there's video on Youtube of Jim Bailey (in drag as Babs) w/ Minnie Pearl and a blonde Vicki Lawrence performing the halftime show for the '78 Super Bowl. let's just say it should go in the dictionary under the word trainwreck

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    1. I actually watched that the other night. It's all pretty hard to believe.

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  2. I saw Mr. Jim Bailey in concert many, many years ago; he was only doing one impression per night as a full evening's entertainment. I was hoping for Barbra, but I got Judy. I was disappointed.

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  3. Isn't illusion fabulous? In that vain, as a personal aside Thom, I am so flattered that, so many years ago in that Chicago club, you mistook me for Divine!

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  4. "You gotta have a gimmick"? That was his life! Jx

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    1. And still is! As of a year or so ago (the last I read about him), he was still on the road with the act, having now done Judy for more years than Baby Gumm lived Judy.

      I saw him 'round about '80 (back when I was a tot) at an Oz event that also featured Margaret Hamilton and a host of the then-surviving Munchkins. He was a trouper, even though he was clearly weirding out Miss Hamilton.

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  5. What you have to remember is that he did this back when there was no internet or dvd or even video to study. I mean, how did he even observe enough of these girls to get the gestures and looks so right? Very impressive.

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  6. I admire Jim Bailey, he did a great job as Judy. Somehow each season the Burnett show always managed to get Lyle Waggoner to appear wearing a skimpy wraparound-towel (usually as part of a comedy sketch) and not much else. For that, I'm very very grateful. Too bad they never did a musical number with him dressed (semi-dressed) like that. He was definitely a nice piece of man-candy back in the day.

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    1. They certainly used Mr. Waggoner to our advantage!

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  7. he was an incredible illusionist. Went to see to see frank mariano in detroit a few weeks ago - all lip sync. disappointed.

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