She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for the role of Muzzy Van Hossmere in the 1967 movie musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie". "I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped. or fell rather. into my life", her publicist B Harlan Boll told Broadway World in a statement. "And you know, only the reaction on me was, 'Gee, I got the greatest genes in show business'". Years later, she would star in "Hello, Dolly!" and win the 1964 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Thank you, Carol Channing.
With her raspy voice and huge smile, Channing was best known for her Tony Award-winning role as Dolly Levi in the hit Broadway musical "Hello Dolly!".
Channing, was born in Seattle, Washington in 1921, to a German-Jewish mother and African-American and German father. Though she graced the stage in numerous productions and celebrated a varied film career, one role in particular became synonymous with the performer herself: Dolly Gallagher Levi of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly! . This freakish woman, with her odd voice, spastic movements, and remarkable ability to make a white top hat work, made a whole new generation fall in love with her while simultaneously scaring the ever-living crap out of them. The year after, Channing moved to Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs to write her memoir, Just Lucky, I Guess. She made her Broadway debut understudying Eve Arden in the 1941 musical comedy Let's Face It - many years later, Arden would don the famous feathered headdress as one of Channing's many successors in Hello, Dolly! She had great respect for the show's creator, Thornton Wilder, and was deeply touched by the character's gradual ascent in this most optimistic of Broadway shows. "Who are the diamonds in the rough that go upstream against everything?" said Channing.
Channing was also known for her philanthropic efforts, including her arts education foundation with late husband Harry Kullijian and her "mutual love affair" with the LGBTQ community. " she said in 2014". - Hello, Lyndon! - on the opening night of the 1964 National Democratic Convention. But the role with which Channing will always be identified is Dolly.
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Channing continued to work well into her 90s.
She wowed them in an audition and was hired on the spot. This, Channing later said, was the highest honor of her career.
Johnson's successor, Richard Nixon, liked her less. There's even a Carol Channing ventriloquist dummy.
Actor George Burns and Channing perform a dance routine in September 1976 during a rehearsal for their roadshow. But she "hoped" it was true.