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Carol Channing

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Carol Elaine Channing (January 31, 1921 – January 15, 2019) was an American actress, singer, dancer and comedian. Known for starring in Broadway and film musicals, her characters typically radiated a fervent expressiveness and an easily identifiable voice, whether singing or for comedic effect. Channing also studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. She began as a Broadway musical actress, starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949 and Hello, Dolly! in 1964, winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the latter. She revived both roles several times throughout her career, most recently playing Dolly in 1995. Channing was nominated for her first Tony Award in 1956 for The Vamp followed by a nomination in 1961 for Show Girl. She received her fourth Tony Award nomination for the musical Lorelei in 1974. As a film actress, she won the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). Her other film appearances include The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) and Skidoo (1968). On television, she appeared as an entertainer on variety shows, from The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s to Hollywood Squares. She had a standout performance as The White Queen in the TV production of Alice in Wonderland (1985), and had the first of many TV specials in 1966, An Evening with Carol Channing. Channing was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981 and received a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 1995. She continued to perform and make appearances well into her 90s, singing songs from her repertoire and sharing stories with fans, cabaret style. She released an autobiography, Just Lucky I Guess, in 2002, and Larger Than Life, a documentary film about her career, was released in 2012.

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Jan 31, 1921 In Seattle, Washington, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie Kaye Ballard - The Show Goes On! 2019-01-06
Known For
Poster of Family Guy
Poster of The Nanny
Poster of LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
Poster of The Big Party
Movie Kaye Ballard - The Show Goes On! Unknown 2019-01-06
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Movie The Outrageous Sophie Tucker Herself 2014-05-02
Movie Carol Channing: Larger Than Life Herself 2012-01-20
Movie Words and Music by Jerry Herman Herself 2007-04-01
Movie ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007-04-19
Movie Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of The Tony Awards Host 2005-08-07
Movie Broadway's Lost Treasures Dolly Levi (segment "Hello, Dolly!") 2003-08-10
Movie Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Self 2003-01-01
Movie Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show Herself 2003-07-22
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Movie The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars the ceiling fan 1998-05-19
Series Style & Substance Unknown 1998-07-22
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story Unknown 1996-09-27
Series The Rosie O'Donnell Show Unknown 1996-06-10
Movie The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
Series The Drew Carey Show Herself 1995-09-13
Movie Thumbelina Ms. Fieldmouse (voice) 1994-03-29
Movie Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl Herself 1994-03-04
Series Space Ghost Coast to Coast Unknown 1994-04-15
Series The Magic School Bus Unknown 1994-09-10
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Series The Nanny Unknown 1993-11-03
Series The Addams Family Grandmama 1992-09-12
Series Where's Waldo?: The Animated Series Unknown 1991-09-14
Movie Happily Ever After Muddy (voice) 1990-06-20
Series Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers Unknown 1989-03-04
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Self 1988-09-05
Series Alice in Wonderland White Queen 1985-12-09
Movie Night of 100 Stars Herself 1982-03-08
Series Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
Series The Love Boat Sylvia 1977-09-24
Series The Muppet Show Unknown 1976-09-05
Series Great Performances self 1971-01-28
Movie Shinbone Alley Mehitabel 1970-06-26
Series The Flip Wilson Show Unknown 1970-09-17
Movie Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway Herself 1969-03-16
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie Skidoo Flo Banks 1968-12-19
Movie Thoroughly Modern Millie Muzzy Van Hossmere 1967-03-22
Series The Carol Burnett Show Unknown 1967-09-11
Series The Dean Martin Show Unknown 1965-09-16
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Series Password Unknown 1961-10-02
Series The Big Party Unknown 1959-10-08
Series The George Burns Show Unknown 1958-10-21
Movie The Christmas Tree Promenade Member 1958-12-14
Movie The First Traveling Saleslady Molly Wade 1956-08-01
Series Tony Awards Herself - Presenter / Performer 1956-04-01
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Omnibus Unknown 1952-11-09
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series What's My Line? Unknown 1950-02-02
Movie Paid in Full Mrs. Peters (uncredited) 1950-02-15
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20