Happy 95th Birthday Carol Channing!
Well hello, Carol, I’m so glad you are celebrating your 95th birthday today!
I am forever grateful to you for bringing your own special brand of humor and joy to the theater. I will never forget as a little kid listening to my mom’s original Broadway cast recording of Hello, Dolly! I knew then and there I would forever be a Broadway musical and Carol Channing fan.
Singing to the record, (yes kids, we had vinyl records back then) I particularly liked how Carol sang So Long Dearie, with the drawn out opening notes. I sang this song many times when I was leaving a place, a job, or something else unpleasant.
Interviewing Carol on the phone and then meeting her and her charming husband Harry Kullijian at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011 are wonderful lifetime experiences I’ll never forget! Thank you Richard Skipper (pictured below in the group shot, far right in blue shirt ) for introducing me to my childhood icon and legend.