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Actress Carol Channing (1921-2019)

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2 hours ago, sewhite2000 said:

I'm of an age where I really only knew her from whatever she did on '70s television - shows like The Love Boat, and I'm guessing she was one of the roster that would show up on those '70s game shows where celebrities assisted the contestants like Match Game and Hollywood Squares?

Hollywood Squares, yes:

 

Match Game, I don't think so.  However, she did do Password when it was in New York, with somebody you wouldn't have expected to do game shows:

 

 

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Here's another one, with a face that fits the word:

 

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4 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

That came out a few years back with her autobiography.

Just goes to show how ridiculous attitudes are about race in this country.

Apparently her father was mixed race.

I recall her saying after the publishing of her book that she was sorry she ever told anyone because of all the hate mail she received.

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25 minutes ago, Princess of Tap said:

That came out a few years back with her autobiography.

Just goes to show how ridiculous attitudes are about race in this country.

Apparently her father was mixed race.

I recall her saying after the publishing of her book that she was sorry she ever told anyone because of all the hate mail she received.

What the HELL kind of WHACKJOB sends hate mail to CAROL CHANNING?!?!

Somewhere between buying the stamps and walking to the post office you think they’d come to their senses.

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21 hours ago, Fedya said:

Here's another one, with a face that fits the word:

 

I never knew Joanie was on Password!

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She lived to be 97 because she took good care of her health.  She was very strict on her diet and what she ate.  During the run of Hello Dolly during an "eating" scene she brought her own food from home and actually ate her supper during the show.  She never trusted fast food places and most restaurants.  Only Sardis, since she was a friend of owner Vincent and the head chef.

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8 hours ago, Im4movies2 said:

She lived to be 97 because she took good care of her health.

I'd add "always", since it was a lifelong habit, not something she adapted late in life.

Also add the fact that she was a PERFORMER, a tireless performer who never missed a show. Although she may not have had big long dance numbers, she still had to take up the stage, sing, project her voice. All that takes strength, stamina. I'm sure her body was in GREAT condition for a lady of her age. Her mind was sharp too.

I recently saw that documentary and it was fantastic!

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On 1/15/2019 at 5:18 PM, Princess of Tap said:

 I was a little kid the first time I saw Carol. She was doing an act with George Burns after Gracie Allen had retired.

For years I wasn't sure if she was really a woman or a female impersonator.

Carol was the biggest star on Broadway in the 1960s.

Such a sweet lady!

Burns did consider trying to make Carol a permanent replacement for Gracie after Gracie died, but she had become too big by then.

What I recall is reading in SHIRLEY EDER'S column(early '70's) about trying to get Carol's age right and Carol claiming, "I belong to a certain religious order which prohibits members from revealing their real ages." :rolleyes: AND actually REFUSED to say what it was!  I'm STILL not sure if she was pulling Shirley's leg or not.

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10 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

Burns did consider trying to make Carol a permanent replacement for Gracie after Gracie died, but she had become too big by then.

What I recall is reading in SHIRLEY EDER'S column(early '70's) about trying to get Carol's age right and Carol claiming, "I belong to a certain religious order which prohibits members from revealing their real ages." :rolleyes: AND actually REFUSED to say what it was!  I'm STILL not sure if she was pulling Shirley's leg or not.

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She was "a stage animal", that's for sure.

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This is an absolute must see. This pay TV telecast from 1961 is the entire Broadway production of SHOW GIRL starring CAROL CHANNING and JULES MUNSHIN. Channing is amazing! She won a Tony nomination for this, and it was three years before she starred in HELLO, DOLLY!

 

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When my mum was a NYC ROCKETT (circa 1962/63) she ^& the dancers actually got to not only meet Carol-(they loved her!) but of course all were pros & did some numbers with her as well! Can't same as how they felt about the legendary & future *Oscar victor *George Burns-(l896-l996) mainly because he altered there numbers to suit his little songs. & Ricky Nelson-(l940-80) also arrived, but they also weren't crazy about him, solely because they though him snobby & off putting, as it later turned out Ricky was painfully she & even had his body guards escort him to the john. Yrs later it was discovered when friends & family would visit his famed family Rickie would retreat to a closest alone & just play his guitar, & Final item, though not to do with the Rockette's, my mum still in The  Big apple went to a ballet class & there all day right next to her was *SHIRLEY MacLaine-(l934-)

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1 minute ago, shannon said:

When my mum was a NYC ROCKETT (circa 1962/63) she ^& the dancers actually got to not only meet Carol-(they loved her!) but of course all were pros & did some numbers with her as well! Can't same as how they felt about the legendary & future *Oscar victor *George Burns-(l896-l996) mainly because he altered there numbers to suit his little songs. & Ricky Nelson-(l940-80) also arrived, but they also weren't crazy about him, solely because they though him snobby & off putting, as it later turned out Ricky was painfully she & even had his body guards escort him to the john. Yrs later it was discovered when friends & family would visit his famed family Rickie would retreat to a closest alone & just play his guitar, & Final item, though not to do with the Rockette's, my mum still in The  Big apple went to a ballet class & there all day right next to her was *SHIRLEY MacLaine-(l934-)

Nice anecdotes. Thanks for sharing!

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15 hours ago, shannon said:

Ricky was painfully she

 

15 hours ago, shannon said:

Can't same as how they felt

OK, I think I'm finally "getting" what's going on with your posts....

Are you speaking (transcribing) your posts into a device & it's auto correcting your words? This could be why there are so many typos and we as readers, can have a hard time understanding your posts.

Sadly, it even changed the spelling of "Rockettes".

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Yep that AND it's "T-H-E-I-R" instead of "T-H-E-R-E".  Except (it seems) on FACEBOOK!  :D 

and "S-H-Y" too.  ;) 

But then, maybe it WAS "She" as we'll never really know what Ricky did in his "private" time, will we?  ;)     

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On 1/15/2019 at 7:47 PM, Fedya said:

Hollywood Squares, yes:

 

Match Game, I don't think so.  However, she did do Password when it was in New York, with somebody you wouldn't have expected to do game shows:

 

 

James Mason on a game show. What a treat.

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On ‎1‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 8:29 AM, jakeem said:

The actress Carol Channing, Broadway's original Lorelei Lee and musical version of Dolly Levi. has died, a little more than two weeks shy of her 98th birthday. Her publicist, B. Harlan Boll, confirmed that Channing died of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, California after suffering two strokes last year.

She was the recipient of five Tony Awards -- competitive and special.

 
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Her Broadway debut was in the 1949 musical "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," based on the 1925 novel by Anita Loos. Channing's performance as Lorelei Lee earned her the cover of Time magazine for January 9, 1950. Marilyn Monroe played Lorelei in the 1953 screen version.
 
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She made her screen debut in the 1956 Western comedy "The First Traveling Saleslady" with Ginger Rogers, James Arness and Clint Eastwood. Her first screen kiss was provided by Eastwood, but it wound up on the cutting room floor. 
 
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Channing again captivated Broadway audiences in "Hello, Dolly!" Jerry Herman's 1964 musical version of Thornton Wilder's play "The Matchmaker." The role of Dolly Gallagher Levi had been intended for Ethel Merman, who declined it at the time. The production was a smashing success and won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress in a Musical (Channing). One of Channing's competitors in the category was Barbra Streisand, who would play Dolly in a 1969 film version.
 
 
The 1967 movie musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie" featured Channing as the eccentric Muzzy Van Hossmere. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and won a Golden Globe Award in the same category.
 
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Channing co-starred with Jackie Gleason in Otto Preminger's 1968 counterculture comedy "Skidoo." She played the wife of an ex-mobster under pressure to break into Alcatraz prison and whack an old friend. The movie also starred Frankie Avalon, Mickey Rooney, Michael Constantine, Frank Gorshin, John Phillip Law, Peter Lawford, Burgess Meredith, George Raft, Cesar Romero and Slim Pickens. The film marked the final screen appearances of Groucho Marx and Fred Clark -- and the first for actress Alexandra Hay. 
 
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On January 11, 1970, Channing became the first celebrity to provide halftime entertainment at a Super Bowl. She performed at Super Bowl IV at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, where the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League upset the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League 23-7. It was the last championship game before the merger of the AFL and the NFL later that year. Two years later, Channing performed at Super Bowl VI, also held in New Orleans.
 
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On a memorable 1979 edition of NBC's "Today," Channing cracked up Gene Shalit with her tale about a London dinner party she attended at the estate of the American-born Lady Astor. Shalit went into hysterics as Channing recounted her inability to understand the Mayfair accent of a dinner guest, Sir Benjamin Harrison. Former "Today" host Tom Brokaw called Channing's story "the single funniest moment" he had ever experienced during his years on television.
 
 
Channing played The White Queen in a 1985 CBS miniseries that featured Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" on back-to-back nights. Alice was played by child actress Natalie Gregory.
 
 
In her candid 2002 memoir "Just Lucky I Guess," Channing revealed that she was informed at the age of 16 that her father was part-African American. She later told CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers that she took "great pride" in the news, but eventually regretted mentioning it in the book. "Now I am sorry that I wrote it because there are too many people not ready for that," Channing said. "I didn't realize that. There are too many people who just feel there's a difference. There is no difference in people. None."
 
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Through the years, Channing headlined more than 5,000 performances of "Hello, Dolly!" -- and only missed one performance because of food poisoning. The role of Dolly Levi also had been performed by many other stars, including Merman, Pearl Bailey (who won a special Tony Award), Mary Martin and Betty Grable. In 2016, it was Bette Midler's turn. She starred as Dolly in a Broadway revival that won her the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.
 
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She takes her final bow. We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Carol Channing http://goo.gl/uPwDti 

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#RIP Carol Channing."Perhaps once in a decade a nova explodes above the Great White Way with enough brilliance to re-illumine the whole gaudy legend of show business,” Time magazine wrote in 1950 when she was starring in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.'

The great, the legendary #CarolChanning has died at age 97. She was a complete original, and there will never be another. Blonde, 6 ft tall and utterly hilarious, she was a legend. My condolences to the world; to those who knew her or saw her and those who never got the chance.

Carol Channing did the Broadway revival of Hello Dolly in 1996 and her playbill bio inspired me forever; it listed all her awards, adding “...and an appearance on Nixon’s ‘hate list,’ which she numbers among her highest honors.”

Carol Channing brought more magic into this world than just about anyone. She’s completely irreplaceable. How fortunate are we that her artistry will continue to entertain us for generations to come. Carol, thank you for being so uniquely & gorgeously, You. #CarolChanning

 

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My mom was a NYC Rockett around 1962/63 & worked with Carol & the girls liked her a lot!

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