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Carol Channing in film and television

Carol Channing in film and television

Carol Channing (January 31, 1921 – January 15, 2019) was an American actress, singer, dancer, comedian, and voice artist. She won the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). Other film appearances include The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) and Skidoo (1968). On television she has made many appearances as an entertainer on variety shows, from The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s to Hollywood Squares. She is also known for her performance as The White Queen in a 1985 production of Alice in Wonderland.

Carol Channing and Milo Boulton in Hello Dolly, 1966

On television, Channing appeared on numerous television shows beginning in the early 1950s. Her husband at the time produced the Burns and Allen comedy show, which starred George Burns and Gracie Allen.[1] When Allen was forced to discontinue performing due to medical problems, Lowe asked Channing to take over Allen's role. Since the late 1950s she worked on and off with Burns, who appeared with her in 1966 on the TV special, An Evening with Carol Channing.[2]

She had guest appearances on sitcoms and talk shows, including What's My Line?, where she appeared in 11 episodes from 1962 to 1966.[3] Channing did voice-over work in cartoons, most notably as Grandmama in an animated version of The Addams Family from 1992-95. On Sesame Street in 1986 she sang a parody of the song "Hello, Dolly!" called "Hello, Sammy!", as a love song to Sammy the Snake.[4] In 1993, she poked a little fun at herself in an episode of The Nanny.



The handprints of Carol Channing in front of The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Year Title Role Notes
1950 Paid in Full Mrs. Peters Uncredited
1956 The First Traveling Saleslady Molly Wade
1967 All About People The Narrator Short film
1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie Muzzy Van Hossmere Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1968 Skidoo Flo Banks
1970 Shinbone Alley Mehitabel Voice role
1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Guest at Heartland Cameo
1990 Happily Ever After Muddy Voice role
1992 Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland The Narrator Voice role
1994 Thumbelina Ms. Fieldmouse Voice role
1998 Homo Heights Herself
1998 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Fanny Voice role; Final Performance in a non-documentary
2003 Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Herself
2011 Carol Channing: Larger Than Life Herself Documentary


Year Series Role Notes
1957 The Red Skelton Show, Starring Red Skelton Daisy June 2 episodes
1962–1966 What's My Line? Herself 11 episodes
1958 The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford Herself 2 episodes
1968-1972 The Carol Burnett Show 3 episodes
1969–1972 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Herself 8 episodes
1971 The Flip Wilson Show Herself 1 episode[5][6]
1980 The Muppet Show Herself 1 episode
1981 The Love Boat Varying roles 7 episodes
1983 Magnum, P.I. Herself 1 episode
1983 Parade of Stars Lorelei Lee Television film
1985 Alice in Wonderland White Queen Two-part television film
1986–1988 Sesame Street Herself 2 episodes
1990 Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Canina LaFur 2 episodes; voice role
1991 Where's Wally? Varying roles 13 episodes
1992–1993 The Addams Family Grandmama Addams; voice role 15 episodes
1993 The Nanny Herself 1 episode
1994 The Magic School Bus Cornelia C. Contralto II 1 episode; voice role
1994 Burke's Law Daphne LeMay 1 episode
1995 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Herself 1 episode
1997 The Drew Carey Show Herself Episode: "New York and Queens"
1998 Style & Substance Herself 1 episode
2005-2007 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Auntie Roon 2 episodes`
2006 Family Guy Herself (voice) Episode: "Patriot Games"
2006 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Herself 1 episode
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself 1 episode


Cast recordings and soundtracks

Studio albums and live recordings

  • Carol Channing, Vanguard Records, 1961
  • Carol Channing Entertains, Command Records, 1965
  • C and W (with Webb Pierce), Plantation Records, 1976
  • Kidding Around with Carol Channing and the Kids, Caedmon, 1976
  • Carol Channing and Her Country Friends (with Jimmy C. Newman, Hank Locklin, and others), Plantation Records, 1977
  • Carol Channing on Tour, 51 West Records, 1980
  • Jazz Baby, DRG Records. 1994
  • For Heaven's Sake, New Day Records, 2010
  • True to the Red, White, and Blue, Homesick Entertainment, 2012

Spoken word and audiobooks

  • Madeline and Other Bemelmans told by Carol Channing, Caedmon Records, 1959
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Lorelei's Diary), Caedmon, 1962
  • Carol Channing reads and sings: Roland the Minstrel Pig ; Loudmouse ; Tom, Sue, and the Clock ; The "B" Book, Caedmon, 1969[9]
  • The Year Without a Santa Claus read by Carol Channing, Caedmon, 1969
  • Carol Channing reads Madeline and the Gypsies, Caedmon, 1970
  • Winnie-The-Pooh told and sung by Carol Channing, Caedmon, 1972
  • Peter and the Wolf and Tubby the Tuba, Caedmon, 1979
  • Carol Channing reads The Purple Cow, Caedmon, 1981
  • The House at Pooh Corner told and sung by Carol Channing, Caedmon, 1981
  • Carol Channing Sings the Pooh Song Book, Caedmon, 1983
  • Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin told and sung by Carol Channing, Caedmon, 1984
  • Just Lucky, I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts, 2017[10]


  1. "Enchanting Channing: 'Oh, oh, oh, fellas; look at the old girl now, fellas'",The Orlando Sentinel Nov. 24, 1978
  2. George Burns on "An Evening with Carol Channing," 1966
  3. Carol Channing on What's My Line
  4. Carol Channing sings to Sammy the Snake on YouTube
  5. "Episode Detail: Carol Channing, David Steinberg - The Flip Wilson Show". The Flip Wilson Show Episodes on NBC. TV Guide. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  6. "Episode Detail: Carol Channing, Ed Asner, Donny Hathaway - The Flip Wilson Show". The Flip Wilson Show Episodes on NBC. TV Guide. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  7. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Masterworks Broadway. First LP release: January 9, 1950.
  8. archy and mehitabel: a back alley opera, Masterworks Broadway. Precursor to 1957 Broadway Shinbone Alley.
  9. Carol Channing Reads and Sings Roland The Minstrel Pig and Others at Discogs
  10. Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts audiobook
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