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Carol Channing

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Carol Elaine Channing (January 31, 1921 – January 15, 2019) was an American actress, singer, dancer and comedian. Known for starring in Broadway and film musicals, her characters typically radiated a fervent expressiveness and an easily identifiable voice, whether singing or for comedic effect. Channing also studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. She began as a Broadway musical actress, starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949 and Hello, Dolly! in 1964, winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the latter. She revived both roles several times throughout her career, most recently playing Dolly in 1995. Channing was nominated for her first Tony Award in 1956 for The Vamp followed by a nomination in 1961 for Show Girl. She received her fourth Tony Award nomination for the musical Lorelei in 1974. As a film actress, she won the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). Her other film appearances include The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) and Skidoo (1968). On television, she appeared as an entertainer on variety shows, from The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s to Hollywood Squares. She had a standout performance as The White Queen in the TV production of Alice in Wonderland (1985), and had the first of many TV specials in 1966, An Evening with Carol Channing. Channing was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981 and received a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 1995. She continued to perform and make appearances well into her 90s, singing songs from her repertoire and sharing stories with fans, cabaret style. She released an autobiography, Just Lucky I Guess, in 2002, and Larger Than Life, a documentary film about her career, was released in 2012.

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Jan 31, 1921 In Seattle, Washington, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie Kaye Ballard - The Show Goes On! 2019-01-06
Known For
Poster of Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show
Poster of The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story
Movie Kaye Ballard - The Show Goes On! 2019-01-06
Movie The Outrageous Sophie Tucker Herself 2014-05-02
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Movie Carol Channing: Larger Than Life Herself 2012-01-20
Movie ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007-04-19
Movie Words and Music by Jerry Herman Herself 2007-04-01
Movie Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of The Tony Awards Host 2005-08-07
Movie Broadway's Lost Treasures Dolly Levi (segment "Hello, Dolly!") 2003-08-10
Movie Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show Herself 2003-07-22
Movie Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Herself 2003-01-01
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Movie The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars the ceiling fan 1998-05-19
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story 1996-09-27
Series The Rosie O'Donnell Show Unknown 1996-06-10
Series The Drew Carey Show Herself 1995-09-13
Movie The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Series The Magic School Bus Unknown 1994-09-10
Series Space Ghost Coast to Coast Unknown 1994-04-15
Movie Thumbelina Ms. Fieldmouse (voice) 1994-03-30
Movie Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl Herself 1994-03-04
Series The Nanny Unknown 1993-11-03
Series The Addams Family Grandmama 1992-09-12
Series Where's Waldo?: The Animated Series Unknown 1991-09-14
Movie Happily Ever After Muddy (voice) 1990-06-20
Series Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers Unknown 1989-03-04
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Movie Night of 100 Stars Herself 1982-03-08
Series Magnum P.I Unknown 1980-12-11
Series The Love Boat Unknown 1977-09-24
Series The Muppet Show Unknown 1976-09-05
Series The Flip Wilson Show Unknown 1970-09-17
Movie Shinbone Alley Mehitabel 1970-06-26
Movie Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway Herself 1969-03-16
Movie Skidoo Flo Banks 1968-12-19
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie Thoroughly Modern Millie Muzzy Van Hossmere 1967-03-22
Series The Carol Burnett Show Unknown 1967-09-11
Series The Dean Martin Show Unknown 1965-09-16
Series Password Unknown 1961-10-02
Series The Big Party 1959-10-08
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie The First Traveling Saleslady Molly Wade 1956-08-01
Series Tony Awards Herself - Presenter / Performer 1956-04-01
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Omnibus Unknown 1952-11-09
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Paid in Full Mrs. Peters (uncredited) 1950-02-15
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20