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Carol Channing

Carol Channing in 2000
Birth name Carol Elaine Channing
Born January 31, 1921 (1921-01-31) (age 86)
Seattle, Washington Flag of the United States United States
Spouse(s) Harry Kullijian 2000 - present
Charles Lowe 1956-1999 (his death)
Theodore Naidish
Alexander Carson
Official site http://www.carolchanning.org

Carol Elaine Channing (born on January 31, 1921 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and actress. The winner of three Tony Awards (including a lifetime achievement award), a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nominee, Channing is best remembered for two roles: Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly!. Image File history File linksMetadata CarolChanning_2000. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Seattle redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Hello, Dolly! is a Broadway musical with a book by Michael Stewart and a score by Jerry Herman. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Seattle redirects here. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Gentlemen Prefer Blondes original cast album, Sony CD, 2006. ... Hello, Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilders 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955. ...


She is easily recognized by her distinctive voice and wide eyes. Her unusual mannerisms and personality are frequently parodied. One famous impression was done by comedian Ryan Stiles on the hit show Whose Line is it Anyway?. Ryan Lee Stiles (born April 22, 1959) is an Emmy-nominated American actor and comedian, whose work is often associated with improvisational comedy. ...

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Childhood and Education

Channing was born, an only child, on January 31, 1921 in Seattle, Washington. Her father's newspaper career took the family to San Francisco when Channing was only two weeks old. She went to school at Aptos Junior High School, where she met an Armenian-American man named Harry Kullijian with whom she fell in love. They lost touch when she went to Lowell High School in San Francisco. At Lowell, Channing was a member of its famed Lowell Forensic Society, the nation's oldest high school debate team. is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Seattle redirects here. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... An Armenian-American is a citizen of the United States who is of Armenian ancestry. ... Lowell High School (San Francisco) Lowell High School, a public magnet school in San Francisco, is the oldest public high school west of the Mississippi. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The Lowell Forensic Society, founded in 1892, is the oldest high school speech and debate team in the nation and also the largest organization at Lowell High School in San Francisco, California. ...


When she left home to attend Bennington College in Vermont, her mother, Carol stated much later in her memoirs, informed her that her father, a journalist whom she had believed was born in Rhode Island, was of German American and African American descent, born in Augusta, Georgia, saying that the only reason she was telling her was so she wouldn't be surprised "if she had a black baby". She kept her heritage secret so she would not be typecast on Broadway and in Hollywood, ultimately revealing it only in her autobiography, Just Lucky I Guess, published in 2002 when she was 81 years old. It should be noted, at the same time, that Carol also wrote in that tome that she saw a rainbow over the pancreas of her dying friend, Mary Martin. Carol's autobiography, although containing a photograph of her mother, displays none of her father or son. Bennington College is a liberal arts college located in Bennington, Vermont. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... German Americans are citizens of the United States of German ancestry. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Augusta is a city in the state of Georgia in the United States of America. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... ... Mary Virginia Martin (b. ...


Career

Carol Channing photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1956
Carol Channing photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1956

Channing was introduced to the stage while doing church work for her mother. In a 2005 interview with the Austin Chronicle, Channing recounted this experience: Carol Channing photographed by Carl Van Vechten, January 5, 1956 From the collection of the Library of Congress and in the public domain: http://memory. ... Carol Channing photographed by Carl Van Vechten, January 5, 1956 From the collection of the Library of Congress and in the public domain: http://memory. ... Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 – December 21, 1964) was an American writer and photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. ...

"My mother said, 'Carol, would you like to help me distribute Christian Science Monitors backstage at the live theatres in San Francisco?' And I said, 'All right, I'll help you.' I don't know how old I was. I must have been little. We went through the stage door alley [for the Curran Theatre], and I couldn't get the stage door open. My mother came and opened it very easily. Anyway, my mother went to put the Monitors where they were supposed to go for the actors and the crew and the musicians, and she left me alone. And I stood there and realized — I'll never forget it because it came over me so strongly – that this is a temple. This is a cathedral. It's a mosque. It's a mother church. This is for people who have gotten a glimpse of creation and all they do is recreate it. I stood there and wanted to kiss the floorboards."[1]

Channing's first job on stage in New York was in Marc Blitzstein's No For an Answer, which was given two special Sunday performances starting January 5, 1941 at the Mecca Temple (later New York's City Center). Channing then moved to Broadway for Let's Face It, in which she was an understudy for Eve Arden. The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) is an international newspaper published daily, Monday through Friday. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... Eve Arden (April 30, 1908 – November 12, 1990) was an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning American actress, who established a lengthy career as a supporting and character actor rather than as a lead actress due, in large part, to the fact, that while tall and slim, she was not...


Channing had a featured role in a revue, Lend an Ear, where she was spotted by Anita Loos and cast in the role of Lorelei Lee, which was to bring her to prominence. (Her signature song from the production was "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.") Channing's persona and that of the character were strikingly alike: simultaneously smart yet scattered, naïve but worldly. Anita Loos (April 26, 1888 – August 18, 1981) was an acclaimed American screenwriter, playwright and author. ...


Channing came to national prominence as the star of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly! She never missed a performance during her run, attributing her good health to her Christian Science faith. Her performance won her the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, in a year when her chief competition was Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl. She was deeply disappointed when Streisand, who many believed to be far too young for the role, signed on to play the role of Dolly Levi in the film, which also starred Walter Matthau and Michael Crawford. Jerry Herman Jerry Herman (born Gerald Herman on July 10, 1933 in New York City) is an American composer/lyricist of the Broadway musical theater. ... Christian Science is a religious teaching regarding the efficacy of spiritual healing according to the interpretation of the Bible by Mary Baker Eddy, in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (first published in 1875). ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Barbara Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand, IPA: ; born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... For the film of the same name, see Funny Girl (film). ... Walter Matthau (October 1, 1920 – July 1, 2000) was an Academy Award-winning American comedy actor best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with fellow Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon. ... Michael Crawford (right) as Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do Ave Em Michael Crawford, OBE (born Michael Patrick Dumble-Smith, 19 January 1942 in Salisbury, Wiltshire), is an English actor and singer. ...


She reprised the role of Lorelei Lee in the musical Lorelei, and appeared in two New York revivals of Hello, Dolly!, in addition to touring with it extensively throughout the United States. She also appeared in a number of movies, including the cult film Skidoo and Thoroughly Modern Millie, opposite Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore. For Millie she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. This article is about the state. ... Skidoo is the title of a 1968 comedy film, directed by Otto Preminger, and released by Paramount Pictures, with storyline by Doran William Cannon. ... This article is about the 1967 film. ... Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ... This article is about the actress. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


In 1966 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre. The Sarah Siddons Society is an American non-profit organization founded in 1952 by prominent Chicago theatre patrons with the goal of promoting excellence in the theatre. ... This article is about the landmark theater. ...


William Goldman, in his book The Season, refers to Channing as a classic example of a "critic's darling" — an actress who is always praised by critics no matter the caliber of her work, chiefly because she is simply so unusual and bizarre (other actresses he places in this category include Sandy Dennis and Beatrice Lillie.) William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... Sandy Dennis Sandy Dennis (April 27, 1937 – March 2, 1992) was an Academy Award and Tony-winning American theater and film actress. ... Bea Lillie (May 29, 1894 – January 20, 1989) was a comic actress. ...


Channing was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 1995[2], and an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts by California State University, Stanislaus in 2004.[3] She and husband Harry are active in promoting arts education in California schools. What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... California State University, Stanislaus, a campus in the California State University system, was established in 1957 in Turlock, California. ...


Family Life

She has been married four times. Her first husband, Theodore Naidish, was a writer; her second, Alexander Carson, was center for the Ottawa Rough Riders Canadian football team (they had one son, Channing Lowe, who is a cartoonist and who took his step-father's surname). In 1956 she married her manager and publicist, Charles Lowe. They remained married for 42 years, but she abruptly filed for divorce in 1998. He died before the divorce was finalized. The Ottawa Rough Riders were a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, Ontario. ... Diagram of a Canadian football field. ...


On May 10, 2003, she married Harry Kullijian, her fourth husband and junior high school sweetheart, who reunited with her after she mentioned him fondly in her memoir. The two performed at their old junior high school, which had become Aptos Middle School, in a benefit for the school. At Lowell High School, they renamed the school's auditorium "The Carol Channing Theatre" in her honor. The City of San Francisco, California proclaimed February 25, 2002 to be Carol Channing Day, for her advocacy of gay rights and her appearance as the celebrity host of the Gay Pride Day festivities in Hollywood. She shared the stage with Richard Skipper, well known Carol Channing Tribute Artist. Richard recently did a benefit for The Dr. Carol Channing-Harry Kullijian Endowment For The Arts. Carol and Harry were in attendance. is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lowell High School (San Francisco) Lowell High School, a public magnet school in San Francisco, is the oldest public high school west of the Mississippi. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Six color rainbow gay pride flag flying over Castro Street, San Francisco, June 2005 The gay pride or simply pride campaign of the gay rights movement has three main premises: that people should be proud of what they are, that sexual diversity is a gift, and that sexual orientation and...


Theatre credits

Awards
Preceded by
Vivien Leigh
for Tovarich
Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical
1964
for Hello, Dolly!
Succeeded by
Liza Minnelli
for Flora the Red Menace

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Filmography

The First Traveling Saleslady was a commercially unsuccessful 1956 movie starring Carol Channing, Ginger Rogers and a young Clint Eastwood (as Channings beau, no less, whose height she equals when wearing heels) which Channing admitted had helped close RKO Pictures. ... This article is about the 1967 film. ... Skidoo is the title of a 1968 comedy film, directed by Otto Preminger, and released by Paramount Pictures, with storyline by Doran William Cannon. ... Sgt. ... This 1985 adaptation of Lewis Carrolls story, Alice in Wonderland, was made for television and used a huge all-star cast of notable actors and actresses, including Steve Allen, Lloyd Bridges, Red Buttons, Sid Caesar, Carol Channing, Sammy Davis Jr. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Thumbelina is a 1994 animated film directed by Don Bluth, and released by Warner Bros. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...

References In Modern Culture

Carol Channing beats Mike Tyson, a professional boxer, in Family Guy.


Notes

  1. ^ Faires, Robert "The Carol You Don't Know, Austin Chronicle (July 22, 2005) Online Edition. Retrieved on 2006-05-10.
  2. ^ Hodgins, Paul, "Carol Channing: A Lifetime of Experience," Orange County Register (February 4, 2006). Retrieved on 2007-08-21.
  3. ^ Moran, Frankie, "Carol Channing to Offer Highlights From Her Six Decade Career," North County Times (November 8, 2006). Retrieved on 2007-08-21.

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