Broadway legend Carol Channing through the years

Broadway legend Carol Channing through the years

Broadway legend Carol Channing has passed away at the age of 97.

Channing's first great role was also her first big break as Lorelei Lee in the 1949 original Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Fellow stars of the stage and screen, including "Hamilton" creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, paid tribute to Channing on social media Tuesday.

The tour of "Hello, Dolly!" said Tuesday it would honor Channing at its current stop in California.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of the one and only Carol Channing".

Channing, dressed in a "Hello, Dolly!" costume, at her 90th birthday celebration in 2011. "Betty Buckley and the cast will dedicate tonight's performance in San Diego to her memory".

Born on January 31, 1921 in Seattle, Channing's father, George Channing, was a newspaper editor.

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It was her religion that first led her to the theater.

In the early days, Channing married and divorced twice: once to novelist Theodore Naidish and once to pro footballer Alexander Carson, who was the father of her only child, Channing, who became a successful political cartoonist.

Channing had suffered strokes over the past year, Boll said. However, back in 2002, she told CNN's Larry King that her grandmother's birth certificate on her father's side was marked as "colored".

Speaking to Fox News in July 2018, the famed comedian said she had no regrets about her career.

Channing was also known for her philanthropic efforts, including her arts education foundation with late husband Harry Kullijian and her "mutual love affair" with the LGBTQ community. She would reprise the role on Broadway in 1974's "Lorelei", a reimagining of the "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" story. Channing lost out on the role in the 1953 film adaptation to Marilyn Monroe. "So I told the audience we were going to have to do it one more time", she recalled. "I suppose that sounds cliché, but it's true". In real life, she scored one of the highest recorded results on an IQ test, according to Broadway World. Channing worked steadily for years, but her breakthrough came via 1964's Hello, Dolly!

She was still taking the stage in her 90s with a 2014 show to talk about her career. Eleven years later, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame, and in 1995, she received a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award.

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