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Happy 95th Birthday Carol Channing!


Carol Channing and her late husband Harry Kullijian at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. — Patricia Gay photo

Carol Channing and her late husband Harry Kullijian at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. — Patricia Gay photo

Well hello, Carol, I’m so glad you are celebrating your 95th birthday today!

Carol Channing immortalized at Sardi's

Carol Channing immortalized at Sardi’s

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.

Carol Channing takes center stage with husband Harry and Dori Berinstein at screening of Carol Channing: Larger than Life at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. — Patricia Gay photo

Carol Channing takes center stage with husband Harry and Dori Berinstein at the screening of Carol Channing: Larger than Life at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. —Patricia Gay photo

Carol Channing is saying, "Everybody smile for Patty!" in her own inimitable way at the Tribeca Film Festival. Today, on her 95th birthday, everybody should smile for Carol! — Patricia Gay photo

Carol Channing is saying, “Everybody smile for Patty!” in her own inimitable way at the Tribeca Film Festival. Today, on her 95th birthday, everybody should smile for Carol! — Patricia Gay photo

Happy Birthday Carol Channing!

Happy Birthday Carol Channing!

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  1. Hello Dolly….Cheers!

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