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:
“When the whistles blow— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 15, 2019
And the cymbals crash
And the sparklers light the sky
I'm gonna raise the roof
I'm gonna carry on
Give me an old trombone
Give me an old baton
Before the parade passes by!”
“The gay community is responsible for so much of my success, and I love them. It's a mutual love affair, really. They make the better audiences too, because they laugh often and loudly." Thank you Carol Channing for a brilliant career and for being a friend. ❤️ https://t.co/XU9tKU92y0— GLAAD (@glaad) January 15, 2019
“We feel the room swayin’— RUTH BUZZI (@Ruth_A_Buzzi) January 15, 2019
While the band’s playin’
One of you old favorite songs from way back when...”
You defined Broadway.
Rest In Peace, Carol Channing.
We’ll only ever say HELLO, not Goodbye. The legendary #CarolChanning, January 31, 1921 - January 15, 2019. Tomorrow is the 55th anniversary of the original HELLO, DOLLY opening night at the St. James. She will always be Wow Wow Wow, fellas. Forever. pic.twitter.com/OAaskBnkjV— Jordan Roth (@Jordan_Roth) January 15, 2019
Carol Channing may no longer inhabit the physical plane, but know this: she is infinitely more powerful wherever she is now.— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) January 15, 2019
We are deeply saddened by the passing of the one and only Carol Channing. She was a ‘Dolly’ for the ages, and a true icon of the American Theater. Betty Buckley and the cast will dedicate tonight’s performance in San Diego to her memory. #HelloDolly pic.twitter.com/gKh0BNV6px— Hello, Dolly! (@HelloDollyBway) January 15, 2019
Dear Carol, I knew of you as the iconic #DollyLevi. I want to thank you for inspiring me to sink my teeth into the role of the legendary Dolly in high school and celebrate the strong funny vulnerable young woman in me. May you Rest In Peace and Power. #CarolChanning pic.twitter.com/KrhXd9171j— Sara Ramirez (@SaraRamirez) January 15, 2019
REST IN PEACE: Legendary actress Carol Channing, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and on television, passed away this morning at age 97. We were honored to have her with us on @TheView many times over the years. https://t.co/fc2Zz43pwS pic.twitter.com/ZmRl1416QJ— The View (@TheView) January 15, 2019
The first B’way show I attended was, “Hello Dolly”. I’d swear Carol Channing was looking right at me from the stage. Everyone in the cheap seats probably thought the same. RIP.— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) January 15, 2019
Carol got a standing O’ every night on the ‘95 tour...usually started by her husband (who watched every show). One night he was sick. I filled in. I stood. The rest followed. She told me I’d be a star after that. RIP Carol. ❤️😢 https://t.co/ZQkJjxml7x— patrick wilson (@patrickwilson73) January 15, 2019
Some say “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” but those folks clearly never met Carol Channing! Legend, star, friend, and one-of-a-kind inspiration to us all. Kissy, kissy dear Carol!— Miss Piggy (@MissPiggy) January 15, 2019
Carol Channing brought more magic into this world than just about anyone. She’s completely irreplaceable. How fortunate are we that her artistry will continue to entertain us for generations to come. Carol, thank you for being so uniquely & gorgeously, You. #CarolChanning pic.twitter.com/Ew1L6HJNBZ— Mitzi Gaynor (@TheMitziGaynor) January 15, 2019