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Carol Channing, en Chinoise, 1956.
Portrait of Carol Channing in 1956

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Carol Channing Debuts in Hello Dolly!
January 16, 1964

Hello Dolly! Hello Carol Channing! Channing played the part of Dolly Gallagher Levi in the debut of this classic American musical on January 16, 1964. "She is glorious," raved theater critic Walter Kerr, as Carol Channing made her appearance on stage wearing a carrot-colored wig and false eyelashes fluttering over her large, expressive eyes. Hello Dolly, based on Thornton Wilder's play The Matchmaker, was a smash hit. It received ten Tony awards and was named Best Musical of the Year in 1963-64. (Tony Awards are given to plays that run on Broadway in New York City.)
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