Carol Channing passed away today at the age of 97. The Seattle-born Broadway veteran leaves behind a legacy on the Great White Way and off, having appeared in nearly 30 shows. When asked about her career, Channing described herself "lucky" to Fox News while describing her life and the title of her memoir:
“Just lucky I guess,” said Channing. “That was title of my book. It was based on an old joke. Here it is: Cop to hooker, ‘What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?’ She answers, ‘Just lucky I guess.’ That has been my life.”
And what a life it's been (You can buy her memoir here.)
Channing's performances have left an unforgettable legacy on many of Broadway's greatest. Check out their tweets memorializing the legend:
“When the whistles blow And the cymbals crash And the sparklers light the sky I'm gonna raise the roof I'm gonna ca… https://t.co/FN3yXvRHro— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin-Manuel Miranda) 1547558125.0
RIP dear wondrous legendary lady. You were one of a kind.❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/Me7yB96ciO— Audra McDonald (@Audra McDonald) 1547561719.0
One of Broadway's greatest lights, Carol Channing, has passed on. She rejoins the heavens as a new diamond in the n… https://t.co/C2dyRmX4aD— George Takei (@George Takei) 1547557883.0
She takes her final bow. We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Carol Channing https://t.co/ydzd5iIn97 https://t.co/pyAVjUwngt— Al Hirschfeld (@Al Hirschfeld) 1547553909.0
RIP Carol Channing. The original Dolly and a "helluva" performer! You had a great run! Rest well. https://t.co/6kMpQgonHt— Viola Davis (@Viola Davis) 1547568103.0
I miss her already https://t.co/qMB9omBpmx— Black Lives Still Matter (@Black Lives Still Matter) 1547567142.0
RIP Dolly. https://t.co/yE2LgZ4zbH— Nikki Renee Daniels (@Nikki Renee Daniels) 1547558256.0
The legendary actress was perhaps most famous for starring in Hello, Dolly! in 1964, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Check out some of her best performances here.