Carol Channing, 12-time Broadway veteran, three-time Tony winner, who became a Broadway legend thanks to two roles — the gold-digging Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and the matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” a role she originated in 1964 and performed again , in Broadway revivals in 1978 and 1995 — died this morning at the age of 97.
Broadway will dim its lights in her honor on Wednesday at 7:45 pm.
“Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.”