Carol Channing, Broadway's iconic 'Dolly,' dead at 97
NO REPORTER NARRATION Broad star Carol Channing died of natural causes in Rancho Mirage after having suffered multiple strokes last year, publicist Harlan Boll said on Tuesday (January 15).
In a career that spanned seven decades, the saucer-eyed, raspy-voiced musical-comedy star never shook her association with the role of matchmaker Dolly Levi in the 1964 musical "Hello Dolly!" or gold digger Lorelei Lee in Anita Loos' "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Still, Channing embraced being identified with Lorelei, as well as Dolly, a role that won her a Tony Award.
Channing played each role for years on Broadway and on tours around the world, taking the stage as Dolly more than 3,000 times.
As recently as 1996, at age 75, she returned to Broadway following a national and world tour of "Dolly." She won an Emmy and several nominations for television variety specials but her film career was sporadic at best, although she received an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for her part in the Julie Andrews musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie" in 1967.
In 1968, Channing was given a Tony special award and in 1995, accepted a Tony for lifetime achievement.
She was still taking the stage in her 90s with a 2014 show to talk about her career.