Carol Channing, the legendary Broadway actress who portrayed Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” has died. She was 97-years-old.
Channing got her start in the 1949 Broadway play "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Years later, she would star in "Hello, Dolly!" and win the 1964 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. The comedy star delighted American audiences over almost 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly" on Broadway and beyond.
Channing was also nominated for Best Actress in a Musical three other times, including in 1956 for "The Vamp," 1961 for "Show Girl" and 1974 for "Lorelei."
She would also appear on the silver screen in several movies, including "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "The First Traveling Saleslady" and "Skidoo." She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
Channing would have turned 98 on Jan. 31.
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