Carol Channing Debuts in Hello Dolly!
Hello Dolly! Hello Carol Channing! Channing
played the part of Dolly Gallagher Levi in the debut of this
classic American musical on January 16, 1964. "She is glorious,"
raved theater critic Walter Kerr, as Carol Channing made her
appearance on stage wearing a carrot-colored wig and false
eyelashes fluttering over her large, expressive eyes. Hello
Dolly, based on Thornton Wilder's play The
Matchmaker, was a smash hit. It received ten Tony
awards and was named Best Musical of the Year in 1963-64. (Tony
Awards are given to plays that run on Broadway in New York
An actress, singer, comedienne, and impersonator,
Carol Channing was born in Seattle, Washington, on January 31,
1921, and grew up in San Francisco, California. During her
career, she starred in movies, performed in many Broadway plays
and musicals, and had her own nightclub act. Besides Dolly Levi,
she also made famous the character of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen
Prefer Blondes (1949), singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best
Friend." Ask members of your family if they know these famous
musicals or others like them.