Carol Channing, one of the most iconic actresses who owned Broadway when she starred in “Hello, Dolly!” … has died.
The actress passed at her home in Rancho Mirage, CA near Palm Springs early Tuesday AM.
Channing was not only a huge hit on B-Way, she was a movie star to boot. Her movie credits include “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
BTW … she was the first featured solo artist to sing at a Super Bowl … Super Bowl IV back in ’70.
She’s a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame and snagged a Tony Lifetime Achievement Award. Channing was also extremely active with the AIDS and Actors’ Fund.
There is an hilarious story that went around back in the day about Carol … she was in a a stall in a women’s restroom on Broadway when an actress walked in and heard Carol, in her distinctive voice, mutter, “Corn? I don’t remember eating any corn.” Her publicist Harlan Boll tells TMZ it never happened but, “Carol loved the story. She laughed her ass off!”
Channing was hilarious, with a super distinctive voice that made her a favorite for TV talk shows.
Her rep says It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it. We supported each other, cried with each other, argued with each other, but always ended up laughing with each other.”
Carol was 97.