Barbra Streisand mourns the death of 'Hello, Dolly!' co-star Carol Channing with touching words

Oyin Balogun
Jan 16, 2019
02:46 P.M.
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Channing, who almost reached the prime age of 98, was loved and adored by many whose hearts, she brought light to through her career. One of those people is Barbra Streisand.


Carol Elaine Channing was an actress and a singer, who was very expressive with a distinct voice. Her role is 1964 musical "Hello, Dolly!" was one who brought out the dancer and comedian known for starring in Broadway and film musicals.


Her character was widespread famous, earning her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, the first of 3. It was a role she revived several times through her career, most recently in 1995.

The legend died January 15th of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, California; 16 days to her 98th birthday and a day to the 55th anniversary opening of Hello, Dolly!


Since the news broke about the icon's death, tributes have been pouring in from all angles.

Barbara Streisand, who followed Channing's lead by playing Dolly in the 1969 recreation of the film, is one of the celebrities that have sent in their tribute. The 76-year-old multiple award winner tweeted a black and white picture of the deceased star and herself, accompanied by the words:

'Carol was a true life-force…a kind and effervescent woman who never allowed the parade to pass her by! xo B.'


Another Dolly actor Bette Midler, who starred in the Broadway's revival of the musical in 2016 joined in the mourning.

'There was only one Carol Channing, and there will never be another. She was that rarest of stage creatures, an absolute original.' - Bette


She went on to praise other characteristics of Channing like her almost 6ft height and instantly recognisable voice as responsible for garnering so much love from fans and friends alike. Her statement ended;

'I flat-out adored her and send her fans, her friends and her son, Channing Lowe, my condolences, although as far as I am concerned, she will live forever.'

The Tony Awards show tweeted about the three-time Tony Award winner;

'Dazzling. Priceless. Durable. Flawless. A diamond.'


Other celebrities that have come out to honour the Golden Globe winner include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bernadette Peters, George Takei, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth amongst others.

In further honour of Carol, it was announced on Tuesday that the Committee of Theatre Owners would dim the lights of Broadway theatres in New York for a minute at 7:45 pm on Wednesday, January 16.

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