Broadway legend Carol Channing passes away

Broadway legend Carol Channing passes away

You'll get Channing donning a stereotypically Asian outfit as stereotypically Asian music plays when she visits the Chinese Theatre. They won for best actor in a motion picture drama and best supporting actress. Channing originated the role of Mrs.

Channing attends the Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in Washington, D.C., on December 5, 2010.

Her publicist confirmed that Channing died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, of natural causes.

Channing was not the immediate choice to play Dolly, a matchmaker who receives her toughest challenge yet when a rich grump seeks a suitable wife.


In the below scene, Channing enters like a insane person, sings a nonsensical song about jam, dances like she's on drugs, pricks her finger, starts screaming, and turns into a goat. She recalled in 1981 that in her very first number in her very first performance, she "messed up", starting at the second verse first. It's one of the great strains in show business. In her memoir, "Just Lucky, I Guess", she wrote that the phrase "Jewish theater lover" was redundant: "I mean, Jewish and theater lover are two terms of the same meaning... let's say rabid theater lovers".

As she famously once said, "Laughter is much more important than applause".

"Regret leads to negativity and negativity kills creativity", said Channing. "Some nights they're hyper, some nights they're slow, some nights they're sleepy, we have to nurse them; we have to find the way in to communicate with them".

Channing was notable for starring in Broadway and film musicals, her characters typically radiate a fervent expressiveness and an easily identifiable voice, whether singing or for comedic effect.


David Burns and Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!

It was this role in Hello, Dolly! that Channing loved most because it was life affirming in every sense.

For several years she worked as an understudy, bit player and nightclub impressionist, taking jobs as a model, receptionist and sales clerk during lean times. Then came Channing, who on short notice and without rehearsal, belted out the classic show tune (of course, a show tune), When the Saints Go Marching In. "That's what it was all about, that's what Thornton Wilder kept writing about". I never had time to watch.


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