Carol Channing

Actress + Singer and Musical Comedy Performer
Born Jan 31, 1921

Carol Elaine Channing is an American singer, actress, and comedienne. She is the recipient of three Tony Awards (including one for lifetime achievement), a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Channing is best remembered for originating, on Broadway, the musical-comedy roles of bombshell Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and matchmaking widow Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly!… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Carol Channing.


1921 Birth Channing was born Carol Elaine Channing in Seattle, Washington on January 31, 1921, the only child of George and Adelaide Channing (née Glaser; 1886–1984). … Read More


1937 16 Years Old She won the Crusaders' Oratorical Contest and a free trip to Hawaii with her mother in June 1937. … Read More


1941 20 Years Old Channing's first job on stage in New York was in Marc Blitzstein's No for an Answer, starting January 5, 1941, at the Mecca Temple (later New York's City Center). … Read More


1956 35 Years Old In 1956, Channing married her manager and publicist Charles Lowe. … Read More


1961 40 Years Old In 1961, Channing became one of the few performers nominated for a Tony Award for work in a revue (rather than a traditional book musical); she was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for the short-lived revue Show Girl. … Read More
1962 41 Years Old …  During her film career, Channing also made some guest appearances on television sitcoms and talk shows, including What's My Line?, where she appeared in 11 episodes from 1962 to 1966. … Read More


1986 65 Years Old In 1986, Channing appeared on Sesame Street and sang a parody of the song "Hello, Dolly! … Read More
1993 72 Years Old In 1993, she poked a little fun at herself in an episode of The Nanny. … Read More
1998 77 Years Old Channing filed for divorce from Lowe in 1998, but her estranged husband died before the divorce was finalized. … Read More
2003 82 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2003, Channing recorded the audiobook of her best-selling autobiography Just Lucky, I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts, directed and produced by Steve Garrin at VideoActive Productions in New York City. … Read More
2005 84 Years Old Channing was introduced to the stage while helping her mother. In a 2005 interview with the Austin Chronicle, Channing recounted this experience:
2011 90 Years Old In January 2011, the documentary Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (which chronicles Channing's life and career) was released. … Read More
2012 91 Years Old …  A documentary about her was released in 2012 titled Larger Than Life.
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