|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
Sarah Ophelia Colley, 25 October 1912, Centerville, Tennessee, USA, d. 4 March 1996, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The daughter of a prominent businessman, she, unlike many country artists, grew up in relative luxury though under the strict supervision of her mother, who played the local church organ. She developed an interest in the stage as a small child and later, when permitted, watched vaudeville shows at a Nashville theatre, being very impressed by the act of comedienne Elviry Weaver. After graduating from high school, she attended Nashvilles Ward-Belmont College, a fashionable finishing school for young ladies, where, in 1932, she acquired a degree in speech and drama. She worked as a teacher in her home town for two years, before finding work with a company that toured the south, producing amateur plays in rural areas. In 1936, after meeting what was later described as an amusing old mountain woman when touring in Alabama, she began to...