Broadway Legend Carol Channing Dead At 97

A sad day for Broadway lovers.

Three-time Tony-winning actress Carol Channing has passed away at the age of 97 from natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, just shy of her 98th birthday later this month.

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Over an illustrious career, the starlet played the title role in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway over 5,000 times spanning over a 30 year period. She was also known for starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes also on Broadway, but later lost out on the role to Marilyn Monroe for the film adaptation.

Carol was a Golden Globe winner for her supporting role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, which also earned her an Oscar nomination.

Her publicist B. Harlan Boll summed up her career best in a statement on Facebook:

CAROL CHANNING – You had us at "HELLO, DOLLY!" – Born: Carol Elaine Channing on January 31, 1921 in Seattle, WADied:…

Posted by B Harlan Boll on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

But was also met with messages on Twitter from fans, including Lin-Manuel Miranda:

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

Jan 15, 2019 8:24am PDT