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Carol Channing

 
Date Of Birth:
January 31, 1921 (101)
Birth Place:
Seattle, WA, USA
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: January 31, 1921 (101)

Birth Place: Seattle, WA, USA

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1995
Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1985
Performer
  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1980
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1978
Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi
  [Broadway]
1974
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1974
Performer
Lorelei Lee
Dessert
  [US Tour]
2nd National Tour, 1966
Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1964
Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi
  [Broadway]
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
Performer
Naomi
Lynn
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1955
Flora Weems
Flora Weems
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1954
Ruth
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1953
Ruth Sherwood [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1949
Lorelei Lee
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1948
Henry Jones' Mother
Mrs. Playgoer
Wife
Girl
"Three Little Queens of the Silver Screen" Singer
Te Countess
Singer
Performer
  [Broadway]
1942
Steve
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1941
Maggie Watson (Understudy)
  [Off-Broadway]
Concert [Off-Broadway], 1941
Performer
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1952
Performer

Carol Channing Biography

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.

Carol Channing Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production
Carol ChanningHello, Dolly!
 
Tony Awards - 1995 - Special Tony Award Gold Star
Carol Channing
 
Olivier Awards - 1979 - Actress of the Year in a Musical
Carol Channing , Hello, Dolly!
 
Tony Awards - 1974 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Carol Channing, Lorelei
 
Tony Awards - 1968 - Special Tony Award Gold Star
Carol Channing
 
Tony Awards - 1964 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Carol Channing, Hello, Dolly!
 
Tony Awards - 1961 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Carol Channing, Show Girl
 
Tony Awards - 1956 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Carol Channing, The Vamp
 
Theatre World Awards - 1949 - Performance Gold Star
Carol Channing, Lend an Ear

Carol Channing News

Vintage Theatre Productions Presents The Return Of WHO'S HOLIDAY Next Month Photo Vintage Theatre Productions Presents The Return Of WHO'S HOLIDAY Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 18, 2022

Vintage Theatre Productions presents the return of the hilarious (and very adult) ‚ÄúWho's Holiday‚ÄĚ December 5 - 31.

Review: Leslie Uggams ONLY IN NEW YORK Makes 54 Below The Place To Be This Week Photo Review: Leslie Uggams ONLY IN NEW YORK Makes 54 Below The Place To Be This Week
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 11, 2022

Leslie Uggams talks and sings through her life, her career, and her New York in a show that demands to be seen.

JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY Returns To Myron's At The Smith Center Photo JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY Returns To Myron's At The Smith Center
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 11, 2022

Jim Caruso's Cast Party (with Billy Stritch at the piano) will make a triumphant return to Las Vegas on Friday, November 18 at 7pm. The 'extreme open mic' will take place at Myron's at The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas.

JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY to Return to Feinstein's At Vitello's This Month Photo JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY to Return to Feinstein's At Vitello's This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2022

Jim Caruso's Cast Party will return to the West Coast for two nights, Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 and 17 at 7pm. The 'extreme open mic' will take place at Feinstein's at Vitello's, located at 4349 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City.

JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY Returns to Feinstein's at Vitello's Next Week Photo JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY Returns to Feinstein's at Vitello's Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Nov 10, 2022

Jim Caruso‚Äôs Cast Party returns to the West Coast for two nights, Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 and 17 at 7pm.¬†¬†The ‚Äúextreme open mic‚ÄĚ will take place at Feinstein‚Äôs at Vitello‚Äôs, located at¬†4349 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City.

Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes & Christine Pedi Join Lineup for 30th Oscar Photo Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes & Christine Pedi Join Lineup for 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 7, 2022

Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes and Christine Pedi have joined the roster of performers for a concert celebration at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala, which will honor musical theater legend Leslie Uggams with the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater, which will be presented by Dionne Warwick. 

Billy Porter Joins Broadway Legends Holiday Ornament Collection Photo Billy Porter Joins Broadway Legends Holiday Ornament Collection
by Stephi Wild - Nov 3, 2022

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has released the newest addition to its Broadway Legends ornament series, the Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning icon Billy Porter.

Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dionne Warwick & More to Join 2022 Oscar Hammerstein A Photo Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dionne Warwick & More to Join 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 26, 2022

The York Theatre Company has announced the roster of performers for a concert celebration at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala, which will take place on Monday evening, November 14, 2022 at The Edison Rooftop.

Olney Theatre Center's Remount of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to Open in November Photo Olney Theatre Center's Remount of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to Open in November
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 17, 2022

Olney Theatre Center’s remount of its 2021 hit Disney’s Beauty and the Beast runs November 9, 2022 - January 1, 2023, on the Mainstage. Jade Jones and Evan Ruggiero, who attracted national attention last year for their stereotype-busting performances in the lead roles, also return to star as Belle and the Beast.

WHO'S HOLIDAY! to Return to Theater Wit in November Photo WHO'S HOLIDAY! to Return to Theater Wit in November
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 29, 2022

Christmas Day is in our grasp. Why the vodka? Glad you asked! Theater Wit has announced the return of Who’s Holiday!, a hilarious night out with a booze-guzzling, cigarette-smoking, 40-year-old Cindy Lou Who as she recalls the fateful night she met The Grinch, and the sordid events that happened after, November 25-December 30, 2022. 

Carol Channing Videos

VIDEO: First Look at HELLO, DOLLY! at Shawnee Playhouse Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at HELLO, DOLLY! at Shawnee Playhouse

by Stage Tube - Jul 6, 2021

This Golden Age Musical follows the story of Dolly Levi, a strong-willed matchmaker who travels to Yonkers, New York in order to find a match for the miserly 'well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire' Horace Vandergelder.

VIDEO: Adam Rothenberg Takes Part in Richard Skipper's #StayHome Campaign Videoplay
VIDEO: Adam Rothenberg Takes Part in Richard Skipper's #StayHome Campaign

by Stage Tube - Apr 2, 2020

Richard Skipper has started a #StayHome campaign!

Broadway Rewind: IN MY LIFE Rehearses for Its Short-Lived Broadway Run in 2005 Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: IN MY LIFE Rehearses for Its Short-Lived Broadway Run in 2005

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 27, 2020

We kick things off with one of Broadway's biggest flops, the musical In My Life, which was written and directed by Academy Award winning composer of 'You Light Up My Life', Joe Brooks. The coolest thing about this musical is that Jonathan Groff was dance captain, swing and standby for the two lead roles.

Tonys TV:  Best Costume Design of a Musical, Bob Mackie Videoplay
Tonys TV: Best Costume Design of a Musical, Bob Mackie

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 9, 2019

Bob Mackie has won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for The Cher Show.

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: SWEET CHARITY Videoplay
Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: SWEET CHARITY

by Ben Rimalower - Apr 12, 2019

Like the rest of you, I've spent this week obsessing over 'Fosse Verdon' on FX and especially Gwen Verdon, played brilliantly on the series by Michelle Williams, in a performance that makes you want to reinvestigate what made Gwen so great. Sweet Charity is the perfect place to start. Gwen became a star and won her first Tony in a featured role in Can Can and she gained worldwide acclaim (and number 2 in a total of four Tonys) as Lola in Damn Yankees on stage and screen and of course there were many other shows and movies and TV appearances, but Sweet Charity was the show Bob Fosse (and Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon) created just for her. She may have lost the Tony to Angela Lansbury in Mame, but Gwen got that iconic poster and all those songs.

VIDEO: CBS Sunday Morning Remembers Carol Channing Videoplay
VIDEO: CBS Sunday Morning Remembers Carol Channing

by Stage Tube - Jan 21, 2019

CBS Sunday Morning paid tribute to Channing yesterday during its program. The show aired clips from past interviews, as well as productions Channing was in, including Hello, Dolly!

VIDEO: On This Day, January 16- Carol Channing Opens On Broadway in HELLO, DOLLY! Videoplay
VIDEO: On This Day, January 16- Carol Channing Opens On Broadway in HELLO, DOLLY!

by A.A. Cristi - Jan 16, 2019

Ms. Channing received a 1964 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance. Throughout her career, Carol Channing played the role of Dolly Levi in over 5000 performances on Broadway and on tour, without missing a single show. 

Video Flashback: Carol Channing Performs on Broadway For the Final Time in The 2010 G Videoplay
Video Flashback: Carol Channing Performs on Broadway For the Final Time in The 2010 Gypsy of the Year Opening

by Stage Tube - Jan 15, 2019

This morning, BroadwayWorld was saddened to report the passing of the legendary Carol Channing. Today, we remember her with this flashback video of her final performance on Broadway, performing in the opening number of the 2010 Gypsy of the Year Competition.

VIDEO: On This Day, July 10- Happy Birthday, Jerry Herman! Videoplay
VIDEO: On This Day, July 10- Happy Birthday, Jerry Herman!

by A.A. Cristi - Jul 10, 2018

On this day, we celebrate the birthday of legendary composer Jerry Herman!

BWW TV: Carol Channing Gets a Thumbs Up! Sneak Peek of New Art Installation Videoplay
BWW TV: Carol Channing Gets a Thumbs Up! Sneak Peek of New Art Installation

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 11, 2018

Living legend Carol Channing is getting a one-of-a-kind tribute made up of over 50,000 fingerprints and videos, spawned after the success of the Harvey Milk project in San Francisco. Artist Khoi Nguyen is doing a series of prolific painting/installations of icons like Harvey Milk and Carol Channing that involves interactive technology and consists of thousands of fingerprints from celebrities to the homeless as participants.


Carol Channing Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Carol Channing been in?
Carol Channing has appeared on Broadway in 12 shows.

How many West End shows has Carol Channing been in?
Carol Channing has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Carol Channing been nominated for?
Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Hello, Dolly! , Special Tony Award (Tony Awards) for , Actress of the Year in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Hello, Dolly! , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Lorelei , Special Tony Award (Tony Awards) , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hello, Dolly! , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Show Girl Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Vamp and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Lend an Ear .

What awards has Carol Channing won?
Special Tony Award (Tony Awards) for , Special Tony Award (Tony Awards) Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hello, Dolly!and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Lend an Ear.