Legendary Broadway star Carol Channing died on January 15, 2019, just two weeks before her 98th birthday. Her long and successful career includes her successful Broadway shows Gentlemen Don Blondes and . Hello, Dolly! and her lovingly crazy roles in Modern Modern Millie and Alice in Wonderland . Her over 70-year-old entertainment presence has received a Tony (plus two honorary), a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.
. 1 AS A YOUNG GIRL IN SAN FRANCISCO, CHANNING FELL IN LOVE WITH THE THEATER.
Channing was born in Seattle on January 31, 1921, and moved to San Francisco with her family shortly after birth. Her father worked as editor-in-chief of various Christian newspapers and as a young child she accompanied her mother to the Curran Theater to distribute these papers behind the scenes. Channing recalled a powerful feeling she overcame as she considered the theater a sacred place. "I stood there and realized ̵
. 2 HER FIRST BIG STARRING BROADWAY ROLL WAS IN GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES .
In 1949, Channing landed her first leading role in a Broadway musical and starred as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes . "Bye Bye Baby" and "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" became the show's most recognizable songs, though Channing often played another big character of her character, "I'm just a little girl from Little Rock" years. The role made her a star. In the film adaptation of 1953 Marilyn Monroe played Lorelei Lee, a role that also strengthened her celebrity status.
. 3 HELLO, DOLLY! MORE THAN 5000 times.
In January 1964, Channing began the role of matchmaker and busybodies Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway Musical . Hello, Dolly! The show was a great success, and Channing later starred in Broadway revivals and touring productions and has played the musical more than 5000 times. Even when she was ill, she almost always chose the stage and felt healed by the positive energy of the audience.
. 4 CHANNING WAS INCREDIBLY BITTER WHEN BARBRA STREISAND WAS BROUGHT AS DOLLY IN THE FILM VERSION.
Streisand's appearance on Broadway as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl is legendary, but that was a musical climax Hello, Dolly! Channings Musical won 10 Tony's (out of 11 nominations), including a statuette for Channan's Dolly on Streisand's Fanny. However, a few years later, as a cast for the film version, the screenwriter believed that Channing's oversized personality (as shown in her performance in 1967 Modern Modern Millie ) would not play well for an entire movie. The then 25-year-old Streisand was cast as a matchmaker in middle age. "I felt suicidal, I felt like jumping out of a window," Channing told a newspaper later. "I had the feeling someone had kidnapped my role." In her 2002 autobiography Just Lucky I Guess Channing admitted that although she regards Streisand as a great creative force and she admires her, the bitterness still exists. "Her film of Dolly was the biggest financial flop the Twentieth Century Fox ever had," Channing wrote. " There! I said it."
. 5 YOUR SUCCESS IN HELLO, DOLLY! PERMITTED YOU TO PRESENT PRESIDENTIAL FAMILIES.
One year after the assassination of JFK, Jackie saw Kennedy and her two children . In the summer, Channing visited the Kennedy family in Hyannis Port every other weekend on their days off. After chanting a customized version of "Hello, Dolly" for Lyndon Johnson's 1964 campaign, Channing became friends with Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson and later attended the Johnson Family Ranch.
. 6 SHE PARTNERS WITH DESI ARNAZ FOR YOUR OWN TV SHOW.
In 1966, Channing made a pilot episode for The Carol Channing Show with Desilu, Lucille Ball's production company, which she had originally founded with ex-husband Desi Arnaz. The episode directed and produced by Arnaz never became a series that attributed Channing to the disparity between her comedic style and the I Love Lucy writers who wrote the episode.
. 7 CHANGES IN THE TV BY THE LOVE BOAT TO SESAME STREET TO THE ADDAMS FAMILY .
was shown. Sesame Street sang a "Hello, Dolly" variation called "Hello, Sammy" as well as The Red Skelton Show The Muppet Show Magnum, PI and The Drew Carey Show . She also appeared on Classic TV Gameshows [What My Line] and Hollywood Squares and spoke characters on The Addams Family and The Magic School Bus .
. 8 She thought she was part of AFRICAN AMERICAN for most of her life.
In Just luck, I think Channing revealed that her mother told her that her father was born in the south and that his mother was African American. Channing had not announced that she was part of the blacks until 2002, but eight years later she retired to Wendy Williams talk show. She explained that she did not know for certain whether she was black or not, because when her mother claimed that her father was half black, she was angry with him and might want to find something for herself. In addition, the 1890 census records, which contained the key to their father's descent, were destroyed in a fire, leaving this part of Channing's legacy a mystery.
. 9 She published a gospel album in memory of her father.
In 2009, Channing released a gospel album, for the sake of Heaven in memory of her father, who sang gospel songs to her as she grew up. Channing included spirituals like "Joshua Fit," the Battle of Jericho, and classic Americana songs her father had taught her. "I can hear my father's voice every time I sing her, even though he has not been in a long time," she said in 2010.
10. At age 82, Channing married her childhood dog.
In 2003, at the age of 82, Channing married her fourth husband, Harry Kullijian. The couple had met in middle school, but lost contact over the decades. In her autobiography, Channing devoted herself to a passage describing her "first love experience" with Kullijian, with whom she was "stable" for two years. "I was so in love with Harry that I could not stop hugging him," she wrote. He heard about the passage in the book and contacted her, and they became engaged two weeks after their reunion. They stayed together until his death in 2011.
. 11 She founded a non-profit for the support of the art education.
In 2004, Channing received an honorary doctorate from California State University, Stanislaus. Inspired to support art programs in schools, she founded the Dr. Ing. Carol Channing and the Harry Kullijian Foundation for Art. The nonprofit, now known as the American Foundation for Arts Education, works to make art a core of the school. Channing himself attended schools and taught master classes.
12th Johnny Depp's DREAM ROLE IS TO PLAY CHANNING.
Johnny Depp has mentioned a few times that he would like to play Channing in a biopic; In 2009 he called it a "dream role" and in 2013 he reiterated this point. "I'm serious, she's fantastic," he told reporters. Depp's recognition is deeply rooted: he also revealed that he disguised himself as a child. Channing loves the idea. "Men have been imitating me for as long as I can remember," she joked. "In fact, most of the imitations I've seen have a shadow of five o'clock."
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