BroadwayWorld Readers Wish Carol Channing a Happy Birthday
The Broadway community celebrates the career of the larger than life star, Carol Channing today on the occasion of her 95th birthday. With three Tony Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Golden Globe Award, plus an Oscar nomination, Carol is especially beloved and revered in the Broadway community.
In honor of this, we asked our readers to chime in and give her their well-wishes on Facebook. Below, we have picked out our favorite well-wishes.
Martin Johnston: Saw Carol play Dolly at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane some years ago. As this recollection proves, it was a glorious night and a performance of such charm and magnetism that it will live long in the memory. Happy 95 years young, Miss Channing.
Irene Woods: My very best wishes for a wonderful 95th birthday. Thank you for all the joy that you have brought into people's lives over the course of your career.
Michael Hartzell: Carol you have enriched the lives of millions. I wish you every happiness always ?
Check out our tribute to Carol, and the rest of our readers' birthday wishes!
Born in Seattle, Washington, Channing's first job on stage in New York was in No for an Answer at age 19. She received her first Theatre World Award for her performance in Lend An Ear. She was spotted in that production by author Anita Loos and cast in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as Lorelei Lee, a role that gained her wide recognition with what became her signature song, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."
Channing would cement her star as the definitive Dolly Levi in Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She appeared in a number of films, including The First Traveling Sales Lady, Skidoo and Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and won a Golden Globe Award.
She continued for many years to star on stage, in films and television. She appeared in several revivals of Hello, Dolly!, ultimately playing the title role more than 5,000 times. She also lent her signature voice to animated films including Shinbone Alley, Happily Ever After and Thumbelina. She also supplied voices for the animated TV programs Where's Waldo?, The Addams Family and The Magic School Bus.
In the new millennium, she published a 2002 autobiography, Just Lucky I Guess and later performed in the one-woman show, The First Eighty Years are the Hardest. In January 2012, Tony winning director and producer, Dori Berinstein, released the critically acclaimed and award winning documentary entitled Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, highlighting Channing's career, now celebrating its 75th year.
Channing is a longtime advocate for arts education and has been honored by the California state legislature for her work to engage the public about the importance of the arts in education.