Due to complications from a recent injury, Ms. CAROL CHANNING's doctors have advised against air travel from the west coast to Connecticut.
Carol appreciates everyone's concern and understanding and is looking forward to fulfilling her commitment at a later date.
Actress Carol Channing was born on January 21, 1921, in Seattle, Washington. Channing made
her Broadway debut in 1941's Never Take No for an Answer. With her megawatt wide-eyed grin
and raspy voice, Channing made a name for herself in 1949 when she starred as Lorelei Lee
in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. It was in this role that she immortalized the anthem Diamonds
Are a Girl's Best Friend. Though she lost the Lorelei Lee role to Marilyn Monroe in the 1952
film version, she remained active in nightclub and review appearances throughout the 1950s
and early 1960s. Her next Broadway hit did not arrive until 1963, when she landed the role
of Dolly Gallegher Levi in the blockbuster musical Hello, Dolly! She won a Tony Award for her
performance, but again forfeited the on-screen role to a young Barbra Streisand. In 1966,
Channing was awarded an Emmy for the 1966 TV special An Evening With Carol Channing and
received an Oscar nod for her supporting performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 1967.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Channing has lent her signature voice to animated films,
including Shinbone Alley, Happily Ever After and Thumbelina. She has also supplied voices for the
animated television series Where's Waldo?, The Addams Family and The Magic School Bus. In
1995, Channing was honored at the Tony Awards with a lifetime achievement award.
Channing was married to Charles Lowe from 1956 until his death in 1999. She married her junior
high school sweetheart, Harry Kullijian, at the age of 82 in 2003.