Pearl Williams, 77; Bawdy Chanteuse and Comedienne
Pearl Williams, 77, a bawdy chanteuse and comedienne well known in Miami Beach, New York and Las Vegas for her firebrand, risque patter. Ms. Williams specialized in a brand of comedy then known as “venereal material.” Although she used foul language in her act, most of her fans found her pleasantly unoffensive. She recorded a few albums in the 1950s and ‘60s, most of which had to be kept under the counter. She also was considered an accomplished pianist, even though she never took a lesson. She retired in 1984. On Wednesday in Miami Beach of heart disease.