Facing the Laugher: Minnie Pearl

Minnie Pearl, the country music icon, was far different from the woman behind her.

Sarah Cannon was a educated woman who had once dreamed of becoming a Shakespearean actress, but she found fame playing a simple country girl. Instantly identifiable by her straw hat with a price tag dangling from its brim, Minnie Pearl became an icon of country music radio, stage and TV. While Sarah and Minnie were two sides of a coin, they share a legacy of compassion, empowerment and humor.

Facing the Laugher: Minnie Pearl is a local public television program presented by NPT.