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Carol Channing

 
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)

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

Photos

Carol Channing photographed in New York City, April 1990 Photo

Carol Channing photographed in New York City, April 1990

From: 
Date:
01/01/2020
Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Al Pacino, Jerry Herman,Burgess Meredith, Susan Strassber Photo

Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Al Pacino, Jerry Herman,Burgess Meredith, Susan Strassberg, Angela lansbury, Lillian Gish, Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Princess Grace Kelly and Ellen Burstynat the Theatre Hall Of Fame Awards held at the Uris Theater,now called the Gershwin Theater, New York City. on March 28, 1982

From: 
Date:
12/29/2019
Coleen Dewhurst, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Herman and Carol Channing during 43rd Annual  Photo

Coleen Dewhurst, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Herman and Carol Channing during 43rd Annual Tony Awards on 6/4/1989 at Lunt-Fontanne Theater & New York Hilton in New York City.

From: 
Date:
12/29/2019
Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Al Pacino, Jerry Herman, Burgess Meredith, Susan Strassbe Photo

Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Al Pacino, Jerry Herman, Burgess Meredith, Susan Strassberg, Angela lansbury, Lillian Gish, Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Princess Grace Kelly and Ellen Burstyn attend the Theatre Hall Of Fame Awards held on March 28, 1982 at the Uris Theater, now called the Gershwin Theater, New York City.

From: 
Date:
12/29/2019
Theatre Marquee for Carol Channing starring in a revival of the JERRY HERMAN Musical  Photo

Theatre Marquee for Carol Channing starring in a revival of the JERRY HERMAN Musical 'HELLO, DOLLY!' at the Lunt Fontaine Theatre in New York City on September 1, 1995

From: 
Date:
12/29/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [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

School Spotlight: Bennington College Photo School Spotlight: Bennington College
by Carian Lynée Parker - Jun 29, 2022

Ranked by the Princeton Review in the top five for 'Best College Theater,' Bennington College offers students a thorough grounding in virtually every dimension of theater-making: acting, directing, playwriting, devising, theatre history, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, stage management, and design (set, costume, lights, projection, and sound).

See Lee Roy Reams, Lesley Manville & More Upcoming at 92NY Photo See Lee Roy Reams, Lesley Manville & More Upcoming at 92NY
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 28, 2022

92NY has announced July events and classes featuring Jonathan Groff, Lee Roy Reams, and more!

Jeff Harnar's New Album I KNOW THINGS NOW: MY LIFE IN SONDHEIM'S WORDS is Out Today Photo Jeff Harnar's New Album I KNOW THINGS NOW: MY LIFE IN SONDHEIM'S WORDS is Out Today
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 17, 2022

PS CLASSICS, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American Popular Song, has announced the release of the new album from award-winning nightclub and concert artist JEFF HARNAR ‚Äď I Know Things Now: My Life in Sondheim‚Äôs Words on CD and digital formats.

BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH ANITA GILLETTE & LEE ROY REAMS at Birdland Showcases Stor Photo BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH ANITA GILLETTE & LEE ROY REAMS at Birdland Showcases Storytelling, Camaraderie, and History
by Stephen Mosher - Jun 14, 2022

What started out as a casual thing could turn out to be the next big thing: the duo team of Anita Gillette and Lee Roy Reams.

ADVENTURES IN VEGAS Opens Next Month at AMT Theater Photo ADVENTURES IN VEGAS Opens Next Month at AMT Theater
by Stephi Wild - Jun 10, 2022

Adventures in Vegas, a wildly fun true life musical escapade featuring Andrea Bell Wolff*with special guest star Elliott Litherland*opens at AMT Theater (354 W.45th Street) on July 30th and runs Saturdays and Wednesdays through August 24th.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Selects Design Team For Stevens C Photo The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Selects Design Team For Stevens Center Renovation
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 9, 2022

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has announced the selection of the nationally recognized firms Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, based in Charlotte, and Steinberg Hart, based in Los Angeles, as the design team that will lead Phase One of a multiphase, comprehensive renovation of the historic Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

Full Cast Announced for Industry Reading of BELVA ‚Ä" DON'T GIVE UP BEFORE THE MIRACL Photo Full Cast Announced for Industry Reading of BELVA ‚Ä" DON'T GIVE UP BEFORE THE MIRACLE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2022

Tony Award winning producer Michael A. Jenkins today announced the cast for the special by-invitation-only industry reading for the new musical BELVA - Don’t Give Up Before the Miracle on Friday June 10th at Pearl Studios (500 Eighth Avenue).

JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY to Return to Feinstein's at Vitello's Photo JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY to Return to Feinstein's at Vitello's
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 6, 2022

Jim Caruso‚Äôs Cast Party will return to the West Coast for two nights, Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18 at 8pm.¬†¬†The ‚Äúextreme open mic‚ÄĚ will take place at Feinstein‚Äôs at Vitello‚Äôs, located at¬†4349 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City.

Museum of the Moving Image to Celebrate the Tony Awards With a Muppet-Broadway Tribut Photo Museum of the Moving Image to Celebrate the Tony Awards With a Muppet-Broadway Tribute
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 26, 2022

In honor of the upcoming Tony Awards on June 12, Museum of the Moving Image will highlight some of the greatest Muppet moments that feature legendary stars and memorable songs of musical theater.

BWW Review: Alyssa Edwards: LIFE, LOVE, AND LASHES at Town Hall Photo BWW Review: Alyssa Edwards: LIFE, LOVE, AND LASHES at Town Hall
by Daniel Nolen - May 20, 2022

BWW Review: Alyssa Edwards: Life, Love, and Lashes at Town Hall. Read our BWW critic's review.

Carol Channing Videos

VIDEO: First Look at HELLO, DOLLY! at Shawnee Playhouse VideoVIDEO: 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 VideoVIDEO: 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 VideoBroadway 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 VideoTonys 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 VideoThrowing 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 VideoVIDEO: 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! VideoVIDEO: 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 VideoVideo 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! VideoVIDEO: 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 VideoBWW 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.