Carol Channing

Birth Place: Seattle, WA, USA

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Channing is the recipient of three Tony Awards (including one for lifetime achievement), a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Channing is best remembered for originating, on Broadway, the musical-comedy roles of bombshell Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and matchmaking widow Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! She also appeared in two New York revivals of Hello, Dolly!, and toured with it extensively throughout the United States.
Channing also appeared in a number of movies, The First Traveling Sales Lady (1956) with Ginger Rogers, the cult film Skidoo and Thoroughly Modern Millie, opposite Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore.

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Carol Channing STAGE CREDITS


Broadway Revival, 1995
Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1985

[US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1980

Broadway Revival, 1978
Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi


Original Broadway Production, 1974

Lorelei Lee


[US Tour]
2nd National Tour, 1966
Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi

Original Broadway Production, 1964
Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi

Original Broadway Production, 1961
The Palace Theatre

The Inside Story

The Foreign Star

Report from Las Vegas

"The Girl in the Show" Performer

Carol's Musical Theatre

"The Story of Marie" Performer

"My Kind of Love" Performer

"Calypso Pete" Performer




Original Broadway Production, 1955
Flora Weems

Flora Weems

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1954

Original Broadway Production, 1953
Ruth Sherwood [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1949
Lorelei Lee

Original Broadway Production, 1948
Henry Jones' Mother

Mrs. Playgoer



"Three Little Queens of the Silver Screen" Singer

Te Countess




Original Broadway Production, 1941
Maggie Watson (Understudy)

Concert [Off-Broadway], 1941

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1952

Carol Channing Movies

[1956]The First Traveling Saleslady Molly Wade

[1967]Thoroughly Modern Millie Muzzy Van Hossmere

[1968]Skidoo Flo

[1970]Shinbone Alley Mehitabel

[1978]Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Our Guests at Heartland

[1989]Happily Ever After Muddy

[1994]Thumbelina Ms. Fieldmouse

[2010]The Drawn Together Movie! Singer

Carol Channing TV Shows

The Love Boat Aunt Sylvia, Aunt Sylvia Duvall, Tante Sylvia

Carol Channing Videos

Carol Channing News

Robert Klein and Julie Gold Among The 14 Honorees At The 39th Annual BISTRO AWARDS GALA

Celebrate the musical and comedy artistry of Robert Klein, Julie Gold, and more at the 39th Annual Bistro Awards Gala on April 1 at Gotham Comedy Club. Hosted by Steve Hayes, the event honors exceptional artists with performances and special awards.

Forte Theatre Company Announces Cast of HELLO, DOLLY!

​​​​​​​Forte Theatre Company will present Hello, Dolly! April 13 - 21, 2024. Directed by Randall Dodge, this is Forte's third mainstage production at the Saber Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin and the first as part of the Saber Center's inaugural Community Events Series.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld January 31, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is January 31, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Review: HELLO DOLLY! at Candlelight Music Theatre

Hello Dolly! Opened on Broadway in 1964 with the irrepressible, wide-eyed, charismatic Carol Channing in the title role, winning 10 Tony’s including Best Musical and Best Actress for Channing. The show was her signature and, to understate, she held it close. An understudy once remarked that she was looking forward to subbing in for her. “Don’t hold your breath, sister”. Channing played the part over 5000 times.

Review: Telly Leung at Theatre Raleigh

Kicking off Theatre Raleigh’s 2024 concert series is Broadway star Telly Leung. For those unfamiliar, he has appeared in long-running hits such as Rent and Aladdin, revivals of Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, and Godspell, as well as short-lived musicals such as Allegiance and In Transit.

Musical Theatre Melodies Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Carol Channing in LORELEI With Lee Roy Reams

Musical Theatre Melodies, hosted by Rob Morrison, will mark the 50th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of Carol Channing in Lorelei (based on Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) by Jule Styne, Leo Robin, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, featuring an interview with original cast member, Tony Award nominee Lee Roy Reams, on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, January 30th,

Photos & Video: Celebrate 60 Years of HELLO, DOLLY!

60 years ago today, on January 16, 1964, Hello, Dolly! arrived on Broadway. Check out some videos to celebrate the show!

Richard Skipper to Celebrate HELLO, DOLLY! With Lee Roy Reams at The Laurie Beechman Theater

Join Richard Skipper and Lee Roy Reams as they celebrate the 60th anniversary of the beloved musical Hello Dolly!

Musical Theatre Melodies Celebrates The 60th Anniversary of HELLO, DOLLY!

The next Musical Theatre Melodies broadcast, hosted by Rob Morrison on 96.5 FM on Tuesday, January 16 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly!

Robert Nolan, Former President of ATPAM and Manager for Cameron Mackintosh Shows, Passes Away at 69

Robert Nolan, an ATPAM Manager since 1989 and former President, died on Wednesday December 27th at Mt. Sinai West Hospital after a brief illness, surrounded by family and friends. Robert was 69 years old.

Video: The Best of Broadway at the Kennedy Center Honors

The 46th Annual Kennedy Center Honors are coming up and we are celebrating the special occasion with some of our favorite videos of past Broadway performances. Check out the full list!

Ensemble Theatre Company Adds Performance of RING OF FIRE: The Music Of Johnny Cash

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY is adding a performance of 'RING OF FIRE: The Music of Johnny Cash' due to overwhelming demand.

Photos: Jane Curtin Honored At The Players

Actress and comedy icon Jane Curtin has joined a century-old tradition by being honored by a capacity crowd at The Players, New York's landmark members club for artists and arts lovers. See photos!

Interview: Audra McDonald Lighting Up LA Opera Again

Broadway legend Audra McDonald returns to LA Opera backed by the LA Opera Orchestra and her four-piece ensemble (led by musical director Andy Einhorn) December 2, 2023. Be prepared to experience the stunning vocals of six-time Tony winner singing her expansive Broadway and opera repertoire filling the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The busy mom found some time between her touring engagements to chat with me on the phone.

The Brooklyn Comedy Collective to Present KATY AND ADRIAN'S 1976 HOLIDAY VARIETY SPECTACULAR!

The Brooklyn Comedy Collective presents 'Katy and Adrian's 1976 Holiday Variety Spectacular!' A retro-inspired, alt-comedy show with sketch, musical improv, and outrageous characters.

The Thalians Honors Actor & Humanitarian Gary Sinise with The 2023 Mr. Wonderful Award At Annual Winter Gala

The Thalians will host their annual star studded Winter Gala, with proceeds benefitting the charity.  The 2023 gala will honor actor and humanitarian, Gary Sinise, with their highest honor, the Mr. Wonderful Award, for his efforts on behalf of our service men and women through the Gary Sinise Foundation. 

Interview: Melissa WolfKlain of GUYS AND DOLLS at San Francisco Playhouse Shines as Adelaide, Capping Off a Remarkable Year for the Triple Threat Performer

BroadwayWorld catches up with Melissa WolfKlain who is playing Adelaide in San Francisco Playhouse's production of 'Guys and Dolls' through January 13th. The role caps off an amazing year for WolfKlain, coming right after her Baker's Wife in 'Into the Woods' and Val in 'A Chorus Line.'

Review: ALEX EDELMAN'S JUST FOR US at Mark Taper Forum

Just For Us is a brilliant, award-winning, one-man comedy show by Alex Edelman at the Mark Taper Forum downtown, coming after sold-out hit runs on Broadway, and in London, Edinburgh, and Melbourne. This is must-see, hilarious stand up tackling identity and antisemitism, and it is hard to think of a more essential show at the moment.

Photos/Video: First Look at Jennifer Simard, Jeff Richmond, and More in HELLO, DOLLY! at the Renaissance Theatre

The Renaissance Theatre has released all new photos and video footage from Hello, Dolly!, starring Jennifer Simard, the second production of the Park National Bank Broadway Series Season.

THE NITZ/HOWE EXPERIENCE to Celebrate 25th Season At Davenport's

Join the wildest party in town as The Nitz/Howe Experience kicks off its 25th season at Davenport's on November 11th.


Carol Channing has appeared on Broadway in 12 shows.

Carol Channing has not appeared in the West End.

Carol Channing has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. These include Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Hello, Dolly!", a Special Tony Award at the Tony Awards, Actress of the Year in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for "Hello, Dolly!", Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Lorelei", another Special Tony Award at the Tony Awards, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Hello, Dolly!", Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Show Girl", Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "The Vamp", and a Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for "Lend an Ear".

Carol Channing has won several awards throughout her career. She received a Special Tony Award from the Tony Awards. She also won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her role in "Hello, Dolly!" Additionally, she received a Performance award from the Theatre World Awards for her work in "Lend an Ear."

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