Carol Channing

Carol Channing

Seattle, Washington
January 31
Date of passing: 
January 15, 2019







Carol Channing was an American actress, singer, and dancer.

She began as a Broadway musical actress, starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949 and Hello, Dolly! in 1964, when she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. 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.

On television, she appeared as an entertainer on variety shows, from The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s to The Hollywood Squares, and appeared in the first of her many TV specials in 1966, An Evening with Carol Channing. She appeared as The White Queen in a TV production of Alice in Wonderland in 1985. In 2006, she provided the voice for her own animated character in an episode of Family Guy.

Channing died January 15, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, California. She was 97.