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Carol Channing, 1921-2019

I was saddened this morning to learn of the passing of Broadway legend Carol Channing. As a lover of live theater, she was one of the major stars that informed my education.

In a long and illustrious career spanning the stage, film, and television, Channing was probably best known for her award winning roles in Hello, Dolly! and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Along with awards for her performances, Channing was also recipient of multiple lifetime achievement awards honoring her career on Broadway and in musical theater. However, she claimed the highlight of her career was learning she was on President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list”, which came to light during the Watergate investigation. Her trademark humor added to the reasons fans adored her.

“My mother said to me, ‘You're revolting. And on top of that, you're not very feminine.’ Well, that led me to the stage, which is an accepting and comfortable place. So in a way I have my mother to thank.”- Carol Channing

 

 Just Lucky, I Guess: a memoir of sorts by Carol Channing

 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: original Broadway cast recording

 Carol Channing & Pearl Bailey on Broadway

 Thorougly Modern Millie

 Hello, Dolly!: original Broadway cast recording

 Carol Channing: larger than life

 Nothing Like a Dame: conversations with the great women of musical theater by Eddie Shapiro