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BROADWAY FLASHBACK - WATCH: Carol Channing sings "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" from HELLO, DOLLY! (1978, Broadway)

BROADWAY FLASHBACK – WATCH: Carol Channing sings “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” from HELLO, DOLLY! (1978)

With the pandemic raging on so long and the return of Broadway shows nowhere in site there is not a theater queen out there who is not having withdrawals. So let’s revisit the 1978 Broadway production of “Hello Dolly” starring Carol Channing, Eddie Bracken, and Lee Roy Reams as they perform  “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” in this rare video treat.

Holy Cabooses!

WATCH: Bette Midler Performs In My Life/Friends at the 1991 Benefit for the AIDS Project of Los Angeles - VIDEO

WATCH: Bette Midler Performs In My Life/Friends at the 1991 Benefit for the AIDS Project of Los Angeles – VIDEO

In 1991 Hollywood’s one of the largest responses to the AIDS epidemic, a $1 million+ fundraiser was held at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California.  Bette Midler, Carol Channing, Tyne Daly, Melissa Manchester, Lainie Kazan, Richard Dreyfuss, Jennifer Holiday, and others gathered  to support the AIDS Project  of Los Angeles 

Bette received APLA’s “Commitment to Life” award along with MCA Inc. President Sidney Sheinberg and AIDS research specialist Dr. Joel Weisman in recognition of their work in battling discrimination and the disease.

Midler seemed downbeat about Hollywood’s response to AIDS. “I didn’t start running for the hills like a lot of people did,” she said, referring to the mid-80’s when Hollywood responded tepidly and nervously to the epidemic that has ensnared the film community. She said, in a cracking voice, “Nearly everyone I started out with has died.”

In 1991 alone, 29,850  Americans died from HIV infection

This is what life was like in 1991 

Heart-wrenching.

Legendary Actress Carol Channing Passes Away at 97

Legendary Actress Carol Channing Passes Away at 97

The legendary Carol Channingdied at 12:31am on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019, at home in Rancho Mirage, CA of natural causes.

B Harlan Boll, Channing’s publicist, released the following statement:

It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon – Miss Carol Channing. I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped … or fell rather … into my life. It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it. We supported each other, cried with each other, argued with each other, but always ended up laughing with each other. Saying good-bye is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that when I feel those uncontrollable urges to laugh at everything and/or nothing at all, it will be because she is with me, tickling my funny bone. 

Ms Channing was born Jan 31, 1921 in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a prominent newspaper editor, who was very active in the Christian Science movement

A recipient of the 1995 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award, Ms. Channing has been a star of international acclaim since a Time magazine cover story hailed her performance as Lorelei Lee in “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” writing; “Perhaps once in a decade a nova explodes above the Great White Way with enough brilliance to re-illumine the whole gaudy legend of show business.” Since her 1948 Broadway debut in Blitzstein’s “No For An Answer,” her Broadway appearances have included “So Proudly We Hail,” “Let’s Face It,” “Lend An Ear,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Show Girl,” “Pygmalion,” “The Millionairess,” “The Vamp,” “Four On A Garden,” and “Wonderful Town.” In addition to receiving a special Tony Award in 1968, she won the Tony Award in 1964 for her legendary portrayal of Dolly Levi in Jerry Herman‘s “Hello, Dolly!”

Ms Channing is survived by her son, Channing Lowe and close family member, Sylvia Long. Services have not yet been determined.