The Broadway community is deep in mourning over the loss of one of their greatest legendary performers. Seattle native Carol Channing was an American actress, singer, dancer, and was known for causing quite the chuckles with her quick-witted humor.
The beloved star took her final breath here on earth at 12:31 a.m. on the early morning of January 15, 2019. She was 97 years old. According to sources, Channing passed away from natural causes.
Despite her loss, her family couldn’t help but reminisce the happy times they shared together. Her devout publicist, B. Harlan Boll, released a statement following her passing.
“It is with extreme heartache that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend, and Icon - Miss Carol Channing. I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped - or rather fell - into my life. It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been daily part of my life for more than a third of it.”
Boll continued: “We supported each other, cried with each other, argued with each other, but always ended up laughing with each other. Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that when I feel those uncontrollable urges to laugh at everything and/or nothing at all, it will be because she is with me, tickling my funny bone.”
Boll’s sincere and sweet sentiments over their relationship perfectly describe her zest for life and her contagious joy she spread everywhere she went.
Her most notable roles were in Broadway and musicals and her raspy, gravelly voice was her iconic trait. She was the shining star in the 1964 classic, Hello, Dolly!, Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), and made appearances in the Andy Williams Show, just to name a few.
While she is no longer with us, her memory and legacy will be remembered for generations to come. Please keep her dear friends and family in your prayers during this time!