The Carol Channing Day Thread

Ninety-eight years ago today, in Seattle, Washington, Carol Channing was born.

Carol Channing was best known for her work on stage, originating the roles of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes:

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

and Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!

Dolly’ll never go away again

Carol Channing famously never missed a single performance, leaving her understudy with nothing to do for years. She claims to hold the record for the most shows on Broadway.

She was less well known for her film work, due in part to her iconic Broadway roles being given to Marilyn Monroe (not pictured) and Barbra Streisand (not pictured) for the film adaptations.

Nevertheless, her film roles, few though they may be, are worth mention.

In 1956, Carol Channing and Ginger Rogers starred in The First Traveling Saleslady, in which Carol made an excellent pitch for the things a corset can do for a lady (hint: it’s a lot). Carol also boasted that she gave a young Clint Eastwood his first on-screen kiss. If anyone ever finds a copy of this movie, I need to see it.

Clint Eastwood? What kind of stupid name is that?

In 1967, Carol Channing appeared alongside Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore in Thoroughly Modern Millie as Muzzy, the eccentric middle-aged millionaire. So basically, she was playing herself. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


Shortly after that, in 1968, Carol Channing appeared in Otto Preminger’s Skidoo, a film so poorly received that the director vowed never to allow it to be re-released. After his death, his estate honored this wish… for a while. Skidoo can now be seen on DVD, if you have a burning desire to see Carol Channing try to seduce Frankie Avalon.

Not pictured: Carol Channing’s very sheer bra.

Carol Channing died on January 15, 2019, just shy of her 98th birthday.

Have fun.