Carol Channing

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Dubbed The First Lady of Musical Comedy, Carol Channing spent over five decades on the Broadway stage and was forever linked with signature leading roles in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Hello, Dolly!" The flamboyant ... Read more »
Born: 01/31/1921 in Seattle, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

American Dad 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Burke's Law 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The Drew Carey Show 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1993 - 1994, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Broadway: The Golden Age 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey on Broadway 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Halston: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Style & Substance 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Gail Sheehy's New Passages 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dana Carvey Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Addams Family 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina 1994 (Movie)

of Miss Fieldmouse (Voice)

Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Happily Ever After 1993 (Movie)

of Muddy (Voice)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Where's Waldo? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Wisecracks 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Circus of the Stars 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Tony Awards 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Special (09/25/74) 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

One More Time 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm a Fan 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Shinbone Alley 1970 (Movie)

(Voice)

Skidoo 1968 (Movie)

Flo Banks (Actor)

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 (Movie)

Muzzy Van Hosmere (Actor)

Christmas Tree 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Traveling Saleslady 1956 (Movie)

Molly Wade (Actor)

The Love Boat (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina 1994 (Movie)

("Marry the Mole") (Song Performer)

Biography

Dubbed The First Lady of Musical Comedy, Carol Channing spent over five decades on the Broadway stage and was forever linked with signature leading roles in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Hello, Dolly!" The flamboyant peroxide blonde with the fire engine red lipstick and ever-present smile earned multiple Tony Awards for her extended stage runs in those Broadway blockbusters, as well as recognition for musicals "Vamp," "Showgirl" and "Lorelei. " But Channing became a recognized pop culture icon far from New York theater circles, bringing her larger-than-life personality to primetime as the star of variety specials and with her Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated starring turn in the musical film "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (1967). With the exception of that stroke of pitch perfect casting and a brilliant performance, Channing's talent generally did not translate successfully to the big screen. No matter, as audiences were most captivated by the "Channing" persona, which they were able to enjoy with her many appearances on cheeky celebrity panel game shows, variety specials and awards shows. While Channing's highly recognizable voice was a favorite of impressionists, and female impersonators latched onto her thick-lashed caricature of a Broadway diva, the singer, dancer, and comedienne performed throughout her eighties, continually criss-crossing the country in musical comedy revues, one-woman shows, and endless revivals of her best loved characters, Dolly and Lorelei.

Relationships

Adelaide Channing

Mother

Alexander Carson

Husband
Married Oct. 19, 1948 Divorced Sept. 5, 1956

George Channing

Father

Harry Kullijian Actor

Husband
Attended same junior high school in San Francisco, CA After the 2002 death of his first wife, Kullijian was reunited with Channing; he sought her out after reading about himself in her memoirs Engaged March 2003 Married May 10, 2003 until his death Dec. 26, 2011

Charles Lowe

Husband
Born Dec. 24, 1911 Married Sept. 5, 1956 Suffered debilitating stroke December 1997; Channing reportedly separated from Lowe and went to live with her son She filed for divorce May 1998 Died Aug. 2, 1999 at age 87

Channing Lowe

Son

Theodore Naidish

Husband
Married 1941 Divorced 1944

EDUCATION

Lowell High School

San Francisco , California

Bennington College

Bennington , Vermont
dropped out

Commodore Sloat Elementary School

San Francisco , California

Bennington College

Bennington , Vermont
dropped out

Milestones

1996

In November, missed first performances in over 35 years when hospitalized with a virus in Kalamazoo, MI

1993

Was Grand Marshall (along with songwriter Jerry Herman) on the Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade

1992

Voiced Granny Frump in the animated "The Addams Family" (ABC)

1990

Provided character voice for animated feature "Happily Ever After"

1985

Toured with Mary Martin in stage play "Legends"

1985

Portrayed White Queen in CBS miniseries, "Alice in Wonderland"

1982

Launched revival tour of "Hello, Dolly!"

1970

Debut with animated voice work, "Shinbone Alley"

1968

Headlined ABC special "Carol Channing Proudly Presents the Seven Deadly Sins"

1968

Teamed with another Dolly for "Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey on Broadway" (ABC)

1968

Starred in feature "Skidoo"

1967

Starred in in ABC special, "Carol Channing and 101 Men"

1967

Earned Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her work in "Thoroughly Modern Millie"

1966

First TV special as headliner, "An Evening With Carol Channing" (CBS)

1964

Appeared on Broadway in signature role of Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!", directed by Gower Champion

1956

Played second female lead (to star Ginger Rogers) in the feature comedy "The First Traveling Saleslady"; played love interest of Clint Eastwood

1955

Starred on TV in "Svengali and the Blonde" with Ethel Barrymore

1950

TV debut on "Prudential Family Playhouse"

1949

Film acting debut in "Paid in Full"

1949

Establishing performance as star in musical "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"

1948

Broadway debut in the revue "Lend An Ear", directed by Gower Champion

Launched another tour of "Hello, Dolly!"; passed 4,500 performance milestone during the tour and its Broadway run

Promoted her "Broadway Collection" jewelry, sold on home shopping networks

Bonus Trivia

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Channing was named on President Richard M. Nixon's "Enemies List" in 1972. It was suggested this was because of her association with President Lyndon B. Johnson, an unabashed fan.

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Channing generally doesn't miss performances. And she once performed the entire second half of "Hello, Dolly!" with an untreated broken arm. In November 1996, however, after nearly 5,000 performances in "Hello, Dolly!", she was forced by illness to miss five performances in Kalamazoo, MI, due to dizziness. Doctors attributed her symptoms to a virus.

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Channing has been known to bring her own food to restaurants, keeping to a strict, self-devised diet.

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The auditorium at Lowell High School in San Francisco is named for one of its most famous alumna, Channing.

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Sometimes rumored to be bald underneath her signature blonde wig, Channing, in fact, has a healthy head of greyish-brown hair, as reported in USA Today, July 12, 1994.

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"We don't have Hamlet or Lady Macbeth. Dolly is our classic." --Channing commenting on her enduring signature role in "Hello, Dolly!" in TheaterWeek, October 23, 1995.

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"It's happiness. What am I supposed to save myself for? This is pleasure. I'm using every faculty my brain and body can give me, to the hilt--everything I've got that is strong and healthy. Now, what on earth is better than that? That's magic!" --Channing on why she continues to work so hard at age 74, in Vanity Fair, October, 1995.

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"Performing is like oxygen to her." --Comment about Channing by longtime friend, playwright Jean Kerr, in TheaterWeek, October 23, 1995.

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Channing revealed to Dot429.com (January 2011), that she had contemplated suicide after learning she lost her role in a movie adaptation of "Hello, Dolly!" to Barbra Streisand.

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