Raspberries! Broadway icon Carol Channing died today, she was 97. One of our most popular episodes ever, Carol Channing spoke to us from her home in Palm Springs about the value of arts education in public schools, and her amazing life and career. Please enjoy this encore presentation.
[Originally posted on Aug. 2, 2010.]
For over seven decades, Carol Channing has delighted audiences with her bubbly personality and unique voice to become one of the most beloved entertainers of all time.
In 1949, the musical “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” opened on Broadway featuring Carol Channing as Lorelei, the role that would shape her career for the rest of her life.
Who can forget her Oscar nominated performance as “Jazz Baby” Muzzy Van Hossmere in the film Thoroughly Modern Millie? Or her role as Dolly Levi in the stage version of Hello Dolly and her countless television appearances.
Today we’re delighted to talk to Carol Channing about her upcoming performance at “Help is on the Way,” Northern California’s largest annual AIDS benefit concert in San Francisco on Aug 15th at the Herbst Theater.
Listen as we chat with Carol Channing about fighting for arts education in public schools through her charity, Channing Arts, why everyone loves to imitate her, especially drag queens, the Carol Channing Ventriloquist doll, and which President had her on his enemies list.
Plus questions from you, the listeners and even one from Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally.
Carol Channing – For Heaven’s Sake: iTunes