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Carol Channing

1921-01-31 Seattle, Washington, USA

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Carol Elaine Channing (January 31, 1921 – January 15, 2019) was an American actress, singer, dancer and comedian. Known for starring in Broadway and film musicals, her characters typically radiated a fervent expressiveness and an easily identifiable voice, whether singing or for comedic effect. Channing also studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. She began as a Broadway musical actress, starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949 and Hello, Dolly! in 1964, winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the latter. She revived both roles several times throughout her career, most recently playing Dolly in 1995. Channing was nominated for her first Tony Award in 1956 for The Vamp followed by a nomination in 1961 for Show Girl. She received her fourth Tony Award nomination for the musical Lorelei in 1974. As a film actress, she won the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). Her other film appearances include The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) and Skidoo (1968). On television, she appeared as an entertainer on variety shows, from The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s to Hollywood Squares. She had a standout performance as The White Queen in the TV production of Alice in Wonderland (1985), and had the first of many TV specials in 1966, An Evening with Carol Channing. Channing was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981 and received a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 1995. She continued to perform and make appearances well into her 90s, singing songs from her repertoire and sharing stories with fans, cabaret style. She released an autobiography, Just Lucky I Guess, in 2002, and Larger Than Life, a documentary film about her career, was released in 2012.


Kaye Ballard - The Show Goes On! 2019-01-06
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker Herself 2014-05-02
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life Herself 2012-01-20
Words and Music by Jerry Herman Herself 2007-04-01
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007-04-19
Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of The Tony Awards Host 2005-08-07
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Herself 2003-01-01
Broadway's Lost Treasures Dolly Levi (segment "Hello, Dolly!") 2003-08-10
Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show Herself 2003-07-22
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars the ceiling fan 1998-05-19
The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story 1996-09-27
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
Thumbelina Ms. Fieldmouse (voice) 1994-03-29
Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl Herself 1994-03-04
Happily Ever After Muddy (voice) 1990-06-20
Night of 100 Stars Herself 1982-03-08
Shinbone Alley Mehitabel 1970-06-26
Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway Herself 1969-03-16
Skidoo Flo Banks 1968-12-19
Thoroughly Modern Millie Muzzy Van Hossmere 1967-03-22
The Christmas Tree Promenade Member 1958-12-14
The First Traveling Saleslady Molly Wade 1956-08-01
Paid in Full Mrs. Peters (uncredited) 1950-02-15