Carol Channing warmly remembered by Barbra Streisand, Lin-Manuel Miranda and others: ‘Goodbye, Dolly’

Actress Carol Channing photographed in New York on June 19, 1978.
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Barbra Streisand, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Awards, Viola Davis, and many other stars of stage and screen mourned the death of actress Carol Channing on Tuesday with commemorations honoring the beloved Broadway legend.

Channing died Tuesday at age 97, and tributes bidding her farewell came swiftly as news spread.

Most of the farewells were colored by Channing’s enduring role as meddlesome matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in the original production of the 1964 musical “Hello, Dolly!”


Other missives played up her affinity for extravagance, as in the 1949 production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” She sang “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in that show long before Marilyn Monroe did so in the 1953 film adaptation.

On Twitter, Streisand, who played Dolly in the Oscar-winning 1969 film adaptation, described Channing as “a true life-force.”

Additionally, Broadway producers, veterans and newcomers alike said they were inspired by Channing’s buoyant stage presence and that she embodied show business during her long and illustrious career.

Here’s how a few of them put it:

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