A Broadway Legend Is Dead

Carol Channing was 97
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 15, 2019 6:21 AM CST

(Newser) – Singer, actress, and Broadway legend Carol Channing has died at age 97 in her California home, reports BroadwayWorld. The Seattle native had "one of the most easily recognized and highly imitated voices in the world," notes the website, and she used it to great success on Broadway, TV specials, and in Hollywood. In the latter category, she picked up an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Channing first won fame as Lorelei Lee in the 1949 Broadway show Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but NPR notes that it is her starring role in Hello, Dolly! with which she will be forever identified. "It's easy to slide downhill, but who are the ones that just won't do it?" Channing once said of her character. "Who are the diamonds in the rough that go upstream against everything?" (Read more obituary stories.)

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