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Kennedy Center Honors: Carol Channing petition is on its way!


Hello, Carol!

To the delight of her many fans, a petition supporting performing legend Carol Channing for a Kennedy Center Honor is being hand delivered to the honors committee this week.

The petition was started by Richard Skipper, an entertainer, celebrity blogger and MAC award winner, asking the honors committee to recognize Ms. Channing for her lifetime of work and accomplishment and contributions to the performing arts.

I interviewed Richard about his petition drive for a story on BroadwayWorld.com.

In addition to the petition, Richard has also filmed a PSA video featuring musical theater actor Lee Roy Reams, dancer and choreographer Marge Champion, and singer Julie Budd, offering their support for Ms. Channing. The video is due out next week.

I hope the Kennedy Center Honors Committee takes a hard look at Ms. Channing’s career and what she symbolizes as an American performing artist.

—  Starred in 10 Broadway shows.
—  Three Tony Awards.
—  Created two iconic roles, Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, and Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
—  Ten gold albums.
—  Never missed a performance on Broadway.
—  Golden Globe Award winner, Oscar nominee for Thoroughly Modern Millie.
—  Gave Clint Eastwood his first onscreen kiss in The First Traveling Saleslady.
—  In 1970, first star to appear in the Super Bowl halftime show.

Carol Channing leads the way as the first star of the Super Bowl halftime show in 1970.

Carol Channing leads the way as the first star of the Super Bowl halftime show in 1970.

To me and many others, Carol’s buoyant and vivacious personality, raspy voice, blonde hair and saucer eyes made her unique, memorable and fun. She’s also been a huge supporter of keeping arts education in public schools, a cause I also care very much about.

So kudos to Richard Skipper! Job well done, now it’s up to the Kennedy Center Honors Committee. No announcement date has been set, but last year the committee announced its honorees in the fall.

If you’d like to join us and show your support for Carol Channing, go the Kennedy Center’s website and on the right you too can submit a recommendation.

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