Sacred Heart University's Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts will continue its American Legend Series with a "Conversation with Carol Channing" Saturday, Oct. 20. She will appear at 8 p.m. on the center's stage, 5151 Park Ave.
The Broadway actress will reminisce about her stage, film and television careers in an Actors Studio-style presentation hosted by Jerry Goehring, the center's executive director, according to a release. The evening will include selected clips from her film, television and stage productions and she will also participate in a Q&A with members of the audience.
Most recently, she was the subject of a film documentary titled "Carol Channing: Larger Than Life" by Dori Berinstein.
Channing was born on Jan. 21, 1921, in Seattle, Wash., and made her debut on the Broadway stage in 1941's "Never Take No for an Answer," the release states. In 1949, she starred as Lorelei Lee in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," immortalizing the anthem "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in this role.
Though she lost the role of Lorelei Lee to Marilyn Monroe in the 1952 film version, Channing remained active in nightclub and review appearances throughout the 1950s and early 1960s.
Her next Broadway hit did not arrive until 1963, when she landed the role of Dolly Levi in the stage musical "Hello, Dolly!" She won a Tony Award for her performance, but again forfeited the on-screen role to a young Barbra Streisand, the release states.
Channing returned to Broadway in a revival of "Hello, Dolly!" in 1978 and then again in 1995 in her farewell revival. She also toured throughout the United States in "Hello, Dolly!" in between and after the revival appearances.
In 1966, she was awarded an Emmy for the 1966 TV special "An Evening with Carol Channing" and received an Oscar nod for her supporting performance in the film "Thoroughly Modern Millie" in 1967. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Channing lent her voice to such animated films as "Shinbone Alley," "Happily Ever After" and "Thumbelina." She also supplied voices for the animated television series "Where's Waldo?" "The Addams Family" and "The Magic School Bus."
In 1981, Channing was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and in 1995 she was honored at the Tony Awards with a lifetime achievement award.
Channing was married to Charles Lowe from 1956 until his death in 1999. She married her junior high school sweetheart, Harry Kullijian, at the age of 82 in 2003, the release states.
Tickets, $25 for the general public, $15 for senior citizens, faculty and staff and $10 for students, may be bought at the center's box office from noon to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday at 203-371-7908, at the box office
two hours before the show or online at EdgertonCenter.org.