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Jim Bailey dies at 77; impersonator gave voice to Garland, Streisand

Jim Bailey dies at 77; impersonator gave voice to Garland, Streisand

Female impersonator Jim Bailey's onstage portrayals of famous entertainers were so uncanny — not just their voices, but also the mannerisms, costumes and hairdos — that sometimes people thought they were seeing the actual women. But one couple in Las Vegas, seeing Bailey in his signature role as Judy Garland, took it a step further. "The audience was from a plumber's convention," wrote Bruce Vilanch in a 1997 article for the Advocate magazine. "One plumber turned to his wife and said, 'I thought she was dead.' " 'She is,' the wife replied, 'This is the daughter.' " Bailey, 77, died Saturday at Pacifica...

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