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Entertainment Weekly


Carol Channing through the years

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Carol Channing, in pictures

Legendary Broadway star Carol Channing (seen here at the 22nd annual Tony Awards in 1968) died on Jan. 15, 2019, at the age of 97. She charmed audiences with her iconic stage roles, most famously playing matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! and innocent gold-digger Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Read on for more photos from her life and career.
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1964, in a scene from Hello, Dolly!

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Jan. 14, 1965

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1965, backstage at Hello, Dolly! with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

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Aug. 29, 1965, during filming of her Emmy-winning television special An Evening With Carol Channing

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1966, with Debbie Reynolds

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April 1967

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1967, with Mary Tyler Moore and Julie Andrews in a promotional portrait for Thoroughly Modern Millie

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March 16, 1969

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March 26, 1969, with Carol Burnett

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April 30, 1970

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May 8, 1974, with Liza Minnelli

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1978, with Angela Lansbury

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Aug. 20, 1979

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October 1979

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Dec. 27, 1979, with Queen Elizabeth II, Yul Brynner, and Virginia McKenna

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March 21, 1985, with Phyllis Diller

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Feb. 3, 1987, with Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, and Lynn Redgrave

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Jan. 15, 1989, with George Burns

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Feb. 4, 1990, with husband Charles Lowe

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1995, at the Tony Awards

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Aug. 20, 1996, with Conan O'Brien

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June 2, 1997, with Christine Baranski

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June 2, 2002

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Oct. 25, 2003

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Nov. 3, 2003

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March 13, 2004, with Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman

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July 24, 2004

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Oct. 11, 2005, with husband Harry Kullijian

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March 3, 2009

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Dec. 7, 2010

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Feb. 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011