Happy 89th Birthday to Carol Channing!
Vilanch: “Does it rhyme with Hunt?”
“I loved her so and I couldn’t stop loving her,” Carol added. “She was brilliant and she’d say, ‘C’mere ya dumb cunt!”
A year ago, I attended Miss Channing’s Cabaret show at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and Lily Tomlin was among the guests who I talked to about the star of Hello Dolly and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
“She’s one of the funniest women that’s ever walked. I’ve known Carol for many years. The first time I laid eyes on her was in Detroit when I was about 17 and I went to see her one-woman show. I went in the alley to the backstage door and she came out, there were a lot of young people hanging around adoring her and she was so generous. She did bits for us and she carried on. She had a great, big black trapeze dress on and a mop of blonde hair and red lips and I think she had red jewelry on and a great, big red purse. And she was just always so original and eccentric in her style. Special. Special. And funny. I’ve worked with her and seen her all these years. I was with her on Laugh-In, I’ve done lots of benefits with her. She’s ready at the call.”