Keith Morrison with Dateline NBC (hoot) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
Keith Morrison with Dateline NBC

Broadway Legend Carol Channing passes away at 97

Carol Channing passed away early this morning at her home in Rancho Mirage, CA. Her publicist released the following statement:

"It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon - Miss Carol Channing. I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped ... or fell rather ... into my life. It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it. We supported each other, cried with each other, argued with each other, but always ended up laughing with each other. Saying good-bye is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that when I feel those uncontrollable urges to laugh at everything and/or nothing at all, it will be because she is with me, tickling my funny bone."

Her most well known performance was in "Hello, Dolly!", which she performed over 5000 times without missing a single performance. She won a Tony for the role of Dolly in 1964. She's also performed in the Broadway shows "So Proudly We Hail," "Let's Face It," "Lend An Ear," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "Show Girl," "Pygmalion," "The Millionairess," "The Vamp," "Four On A Garden," and "Wonderful Town." She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the film "Thoroughly Modern Millie". Her voice was one of the most reconizable and imitated in the world.

She's survived by her son, Channing Lowe.


Do you have a favorite Carol Channing performance? Mine is this one.

Tags: broadway / theatre, death

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