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Carol Channing scarred a generation with this moment. We’re grateful

Carol Channing scarred a generation with this moment. We’re grateful

Channing sings and plays the bass saxophone during a rehearsal for the movie Thoroughly Modern Millie in 1966. "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. Of her performance, Time magazine wrote, "Perhaps once in a decade a nova explodes above the Great White Way with enough brilliance to reillumine the whole gaudy legend of show business". The play won 11 Tony Awards in 1964 including best musical, and Channing won best actress.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of the one and only Carol Channing".

Channing stars in the revival production of Hello, Dolly! at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City in March 1978. She is best known for her Tony Award-winning role as Dolly Levi in the hit Broadway musical "Hello Dolly!".

Channing was born in Seattle on January 31, 1921, and got her first taste of the theatrical life as a small child at public speaking engagements of her father, a journalist.

"One of Broadway's greatest lights, Carol Channing, has passed on. She possessed a quality so unique and so special that she became her own archetype", said Heather Hitchens, president and CEO of the American Theatre Wing.

Channing gives a performance of her one-woman show, The First 80 Years are the Hardest, at the cabaret Feinstein's at the Regency in NY in October 2005. 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!

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But for a generation of children, her role as the White Queen in the 1985 Irwin Allen mini-series Alice in Wonderland (yes, the same Irwin Allen who made The Poseidon Adventure) DESTROYED US. "Who are the diamonds in the rough that go upstream against everything?" said Channing.

Channing and her husband, television producer Charles Lowe, pose for a portrait in this 1956 photo. " she said in 2014".

Actor George Burns and Channing perform a dance routine in September 1976 during a rehearsal for their roadshow. The film would forever have Channing identified with the now iconic line "Raspberries!"

Channing continued to work well into her 90s.

The tour of "Hello, Dolly!" said Tuesday it would honor Channing at its current stop in California.

Johnson's successor, Richard Nixon, liked her less. "There's a fire escape there", she said, "but they'll have to take that out". But she "hoped" it was true. There's even a Carol Channing ventriloquist dummy.