Carol Channing is an American singer and actress. She is the winner of three Tony Awards, including a lifetime acheivement award. A Golden Globe and an Academy Award nominee, Carol is best remembered for two roles: Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!”.
Channing is easily recognized by her distinctive voice and wide eyes. William Goldman, in his book “The Season”, refers to Channing as a classic example of a “critic’s darling” - an actress who is always praised by critics no matter the caliber of her work, chiefly because she is simply so unusual and bizarre.
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