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Old 01-15-2019, 09:53 AM
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Carol Channing, RIP

I'm starting this because I'm surprised no one else has.

Carol Channing, she of Broadway's hello Dolly! and Gentemen Prefer Blondes, has died at the age of 97. She was performing well into her nineties.

https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/...ies-97-n958721

I've only seen her on TV, but she was an icon.
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A true theatre icon, and a great loss.
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Charming lady.

I saw her live show about five years ago, where'd she'd reminisce about her career. Lot's of great stories and she clearly loved being in front of an audience.

Most memorable moment was when she said, "I was in a musical called Hello, Dolly." The audience applauded. Then she said with her voice filled with wonder and delight, "You remember!" like she thought she never expected anyone to.

A loss to the world.
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I'm sure I've seen her in things, but I really only know her from this.
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:06 AM
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RIP Carol Channing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_28lubmMsw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAOM45qLntk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOQwxup-jv4
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Goodbye, Dolly
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I'm sure I've seen her in things, but I really only know her from this.
I was about to post that same clip
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May she rest in peace. A sweet lady, by all accounts.

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I'm sure I've seen her in things, but I really only know her from this.
Heh. I thought of that, too. And what if she had been the first celebrity on the Moon? (at 2:57 here): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMeG7iNGp-g
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I saw her in Hello, Dolly when she was quite elderly and they had to choreograph around her - to the point of "dancing" her off-stage during some of the big numbers, I'm sure so she could sit. But she was still wonderful, beaming all the way to the cheap seats where I sat!

We've lost a treasure...
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Now we'll have to be content with Ryan Stiles.
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I'd never heard her 'young' voice - that last clip shows what made her a star.

In other news, Rich Little would be in trouble if he wasn't already retired.
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Here she is at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, with her best-known song adapted for the occasion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbFmiECNojA
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I'd never heard her 'young' voice - that last clip shows what made her a star.

In other news, Rich Little would be in trouble if he wasn't already retired.
Rich Little hasn't retired. In fact he's performing in Vegas this month. But his bank of voices is indeed dwindling.
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Perhaps not her finest cinematic effort, but nonetheless performed in her inimitable style:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKJzf1by5vI
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"No, Carol, no, no no, Carol, don't you dare do Hello Dolly one more time!"

(Sung to the tune of "Hello Dolly", of course!)

(From Forbidden Broadway, if you must know.)
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Old 01-15-2019, 04:51 PM
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I couldn't find any pics of her father George Christian Channing (born George Christian Stucker), but it looks as though the product of a *Black domestic and White man. Apparently he was light-skinned enough to pass as White, since his WWI draft registration indicated his 'race' as 'Caucasian.' The 1900 census had previously shown him as 'Black'.
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From Larry King interview in 2002:
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KING: So you're proud of your mixed heritage?

CHANNING: Very, when I found out. I was 16-years-old and my mother told me. And you know, only the reaction on me was, Gee, I got the greatest genes in show business.

KING: Some people years ago discovering that might have been disturbed by it?

CHANNING: Yes, years ago because when I found out about it, you don't want to do that.

KING: You don't say it.

CHANNING: You don't say it. There's a lot of it down South.

KING: People are ashamed of it.

CHANNING: I'd proud of it.

KING: I'm glad to hear it.

CHANNING: I really am. I mean look, what makes you, you? You don't know. None of us knows our heritage. Not in the United States.

KING: We're all immigrants.

CHANNING: Exactly, this is the changing face of America. I'm part of it. Isn't it wonderful?
Emphasis mine. Cool lady.
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From Larry King interview in 2002:
Emphasis mine. Cool lady.
Thanks for posting this; she was indeed the epitome of awesomesauce.
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I saw her in the original 1964 Hello, Dolly! What a performance! RIP, Dolly.
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I genuinely have always thought Stockard Channing was Carol Channing's daughter. But nope, not even close. No relationship at all. Carol only ever had a son, and Stockard uses a married name.
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"No, Carol, no, no no, Carol, don't you dare do Hello Dolly one more time!"

(Sung to the tune of "Hello Dolly", of course!)

(From Forbidden Broadway, if you must know.)
Nitpick: The line is "Don't you dare do Hello Dolly once again.
For as you know, Carol
this old show, Carol
Has been drummed into our brain since we were only ten."
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I'm 58, and have been aware of CC as long as I can remember. But for that entire time, she was essentially a 1-hit wonder.

Sounds like she was a neat person, and her 1-hit was done well, but has anyone been more popular/notorious with a narrower range that she?
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I'm 58, and have been aware of CC as long as I can remember. But for that entire time, she was essentially a 1-hit wonder.

Sounds like she was a neat person, and her 1-hit was done well, but has anyone been more popular/notorious with a narrower range that she?
But, as the multiple article about her show, she wasn't a One-Hit wonder. She was in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Vamp and Show Girl. There's no denying that Dolly was the dinosaur that overshadowed the rest of them, and with which she is linked in the public mind, but I never thought of that as her only credit.


You want One-hHit fame, try Clara "Where's the Beef?" Peller.
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Nitpick: The line is "Don't you dare do Hello Dolly once again.
For as you know, Carol
this old show, Carol
Has been drummed into our brain since we were only ten."
Thanks! I was working from memory, and we all know how well that works.


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Wow—how on earth did I miss this news?

My first exposure to Carol Channing in the otherwise forgettable 1985 TV movie Alice in Wonderland. A YouTuber has kindly uploaded her standout performance of Jam Tomorrow, Jam Yesterday. Her voice is just riveting! I later saw her films Skidoo and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Unfortunately I never had the pleasure of seeing her live theatre work.
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She was also interviewed by Space Ghost!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoDc8ZaMeHk
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