RIP Carol Channing, 97. “Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.”

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.

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“Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.”

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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