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American actress and singer Carol Channing starred in the musical Hello, Dolly! in New York City in 1964. The play won 11 Tony Awards in 1964 including best musical, and Channing won best actress. She reprised the role several times throughout her long career.
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Channing's big break came when she landed the role of Lorelei Lee in the original Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The musical comedy opened on Dec. 8, 1949.
Channing and her husband, television producer Charles Lowe, pose for a portrait in this 1956 photo. Lowe, who guided the career of Channing during their four-decade marriage, died in 1999. He was 87.
Channing sings and plays the bass saxophone during a rehearsal for the movie Thoroughly Modern Millie in 1966.
Rod Steiger (left) and Channing are presented with Golden Globes in 1968 by former football star Jim Brown. They won for best actor in a motion picture drama and best supporting actress.
Actor George Burns and Channing perform a dance routine in September 1976 during a rehearsal for their roadshow.
Channing stars in the revival production of Hello, Dolly! at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City in March 1978. Channing originated the role of Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway musical in 1964.
Channing gives a performance of her one-woman show, The First 80 Years are the Hardest, at the cabaret Feinstein's at the Regency in New York in October 2005.
Channing attends the Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5, 2010.