Carol Channing, a mainstay on stage and screen for generations, died of natural causes in her California home yesterday at the age of 97. Best known for her theatrical work, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly! (which became her signature role), she spent her career alternating between performing in front of live audiences as well as in television in films. Her best-loved film role came in 1967’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, in which she dazzled moviegoers in an Academy Award-nominated performance as ditzy widow Muzzy Van Hossmere. Working well into her 90s, she remained a welcome presence in whatever hole she undertook, influencing fans and fellow performers along the way.
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Goodbye, Dolly. There will never be another talent as singular as yours.