Carol Channing, Broadway and film icon and legendary actor, has died at 97 years old.
Channing was known for her comedic chops, her raspy voice, and her award-winning turns in Broadway musicals Hello, Dolly! and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Since the announcement this morning, entertainment stars and admirers of Channing’s work have taken to Twitter to mourn her passing.
“When the whistles blow
And the cymbals crash
And the sparklers light the sky
I'm gonna raise the roof
I'm gonna carry on
Give me an old trombone
Give me an old baton
Before the parade passes by!”
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 15, 2019
One of Broadway's greatest lights, Carol Channing, has passed on. She rejoins the heavens as a new diamond in the night sky, and as she famously sang, they are a girl's best friend. Goodbye and farewell, forever our Dolly. https://t.co/0u2zLcAnff
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 15, 2019
Goodbye Dolly. ? https://t.co/00Wz6nMsTp
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 15, 2019
In addition to her roles as Dolly and Lorelei, Channing won a Golden Globe and nabbed an Academy Award nomination for 1967’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, which is where she got her iconic “Raspberries!” line.
Channing’s bright smile made many television appearances in the nineties, a frequent guest of quiz shows. In the latter half of the decade, she scooped up two lifetime achievement awards, one each from the Tonys and the Drama Critics Circle.
She was married four times, most recently to her own childhood sweetheart, Harry Kullijian, in 2003. He passed in 2011.
Channing is survived by her son, Channing Carson.