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Carol Channing

Channing in 1973
Born Carol Elaine Channing
January 31, 1921(1921-01-31)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Died January 15, 2019(2019-01-15) (aged 97)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Ethnicity German-American
African American
Alma mater Bennington College
Occupation Actress, dancer, singer, comedian
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Spouse Theodore Naidish (m. 1941–1944) «start: (1941)–end+1: (1945)»"Marriage: Theodore Naidish to Carol Channing" Location: (linkback:
Alexander Carson (m. 1953–1956) «start: (1953)–end+1: (1957)»"Marriage: Alexander Carson to Carol Channing" Location: (linkback:
Charles Lowe (m. 1956–1999) «start: (1956)–end+1: (2000)»"Marriage: Charles Lowe to Carol Channing" Location: (linkback:
Harry Kullijian (m. 2003–2011) «start: (2003)–end+1: (2012)»"Marriage: Harry Kullijian to Carol Channing" Location: (linkback:
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Carol Elaine Channing (January 31, 1921 – January 15, 2019) was an American stand-up comedian, actress, singer, dancer and voice artist. She received three Tony Awards. Channing played Lorelei in the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and played Dolly in the movie Hello, Dolly!.

Early life

Channing was born Carol Elaine Channing in Seattle, Washington on January 31, 1921. When she left home to go to Bennington College her mother told her that her father's mother was African-American.[2]


Channing died on January 15, 2019, of complications from a stroke at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, sixteen days before her 98th birthday.[3][4]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1956 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical The Vamp Nominated
1961 Show Girl Nominated
1964 Hello, Dolly! Won
1968 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Thoroughly Modern Millie Nominated
Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Won
Tony Award Special Award Won
1974 Best Actress in a Musical Lorelei[5] Nominated
1979 Olivier Award Best Actress in a Musical Hello, Dolly! Nominated
1995 Tony Award Lifetime Achievement Award[6] Won
1996 Drama Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award[7] Won
2002 Grammy Awards Grammy Hall of Fame Hello, Dolly! Original Broadway Cast Recording Won
Tony Awards (West) Lifetime Achievement Award[8] Benefit for Aids and Actors' Fund Won


  1. Potempa, Phil (2014-08-09). "Carol Channing, 93, teams with Tune for stage tour". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  2. Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts by Carol Channing (Simon & Schuster, 2002)
  3. Wild, Stephanie. "The Legendary Carol Channing Dies at 97", January 15, 2019
  4. "Carol Channing Dead 'Hello Dolly' 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' Star was 97", January 15, 2019
  5. MrPoochsmooch (13 April 2012). "Lorelei - Carol Channing 1974 Tony Awards".
  6. "Curtain Up", The Baltimore Sun, June 5, 1995 p. 38
  7. "Awards: 'Folly,' 'Captivity,' 'Wit' Honored", Los Angeles Times, March 20, 1996
  8. "Tony Awards West", Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2002

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