WCW: Carol Channing


Beloved theater musical performer Carol Channing passed away on January 15, 2019. While she didn’t have much in the way of frock flick roles, she made an indelible mark on me with her comedic charm and all the amazing Broadway soundtracks she brought to life. Here’s to you, Dolly!


Molly Wade in The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)

Carol Channing, The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)

Supposedly set around the turn of the 20th century.

Carol Channing, The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)

What’s funny is that Channing & Ginger Rogers are corset salesladies!


Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello Dolly (1964)

Carol Channing, Hello Dolly (1964)

Not film but Broadway, still had to include her most iconic role!


Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

Carol Channing, Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

1960s does 1920s with glam.

Carol Channing, Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), 'Raspberries!'



How do you remember Carol Channing?


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13 Responses

  1. Sam Marchiony

    I read the word in her voice. There was such a memorable quality to it, there will only ever be one Carol Channing.
    So long, dearie.

  2. Frannie Germeshausen

    Not a San Francisco native, but close to. She was loyal and true, and full of joy.

  3. Lynelle

    I mostly remember her from the audio version of a Richard Scarry book. But also, Muzzy. Raspberries!

  4. Susan Pola Staples

    I remember listening to the Broadway soundtrack for Hello Dolly and wondering why they didn’t cast her in the movie. Because she created the role and would have brought something different to the movie. I’m not saying Ms Streisand was not great bc she was, but I’ll always wonder.
    Muzzy was what I imagined Millie would be all grown up and rich. I always wanted her to have a bigger part in the film.

    • MoHub

      I never forgave the Streisand version for dropping the “Gallagher” and making Dolly stereotypically Jewish. Dolly is Irish, and the “Levi” is from her Viennese Catholic husband. The only Dolly who played it right on screen was Shirley Booth in the film version of “The Matchmaker.”

  5. Barb D

    I saw her and Satchmo on Broadway in Hello Dolly in the 70s. I was a bit too young to appreciate what I was seeing then, but now I can look back and be glad.

  6. Melanie

    The first thing I saw her in was a 1985 miniseries of Alice in Wonderland where she played the White Queen, sang a song about jam, and then turned into a sheep!

  7. Lee Jones

    Wow. I had no idea that Carol Channing had passed away. R.I.P., Ms. Channing.