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Mourning the loss of one of Broadway’s greats.

Carol Channing was an irreplaceable Broadway legend who learned passed away due to natural causes today, January 15, at the age of 97 in Rancho Mirage California, USA.

Channing was born in Seattle Washington January 31, 1921 though her family moved to San Francisco in her high school years. Before college, Channing’s mother revealed her ancestry to be partially African American on her paternal grandmother’s side, to which she told the Chicago Tribune, “I know it’s true the moment I sing and dance. I’m proud as can be of [my black ancestry]. It’s one of the great strains in show business. I’m so grateful. My father was a very dignified man and as white as I am. My [paternal] grandparents were Nordic German, so apparently I [too] took after them [in appearance].” After high school, she later modeled in Los Angeles and majored in drama and dance at Bennington College in Vermont, which drove her to move on to her work in theatre.

One of the greatest entertainers of all time, Channing was the original star of Hello Dolly! She also originated the role of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her other popular credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie and had the role of the White Queen in Alice Through The Looking Glass. In the 70+ years that Channing worked in the entertainment field, she won a Golden Globe, three Tony awards, and an Academy Award nomination. In addition to various other Broadway plays, The CBS soap, The Bold and the Beautiful was honored to have Channing appear as herself on three episodes of the soap in 1993.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Channing’s friends and family, including her son, Channing Carson. May she rest in peace.