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September 16, 2007 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
One day after it was stolen, Carol Channing's famed vintage stage costume was found in a bag by a man in a Hollywood-area park, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman confirmed. The 86-year-old Broadway and screen legend, who was scheduled to perform as a special guest at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend, was checking into the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel shortly after noon Thursday when a thief took a piece of her luggage off an unattended cart, according to police.
September 15, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
An unidentified thief made off with a piece of Carol Channing's luggage and with it a $150,000 beaded dress worn by the actress in numerous Broadway shows, Los Angeles police said Friday. The sleeveless silver dress adorned with rhinestones and crystals was taken about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, just after Channing entered the lobby of the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel at 1755 N. Highland Ave., said LAPD Det. Barry Telis. Channing's luggage had been placed on a cart by a bellhop and was unattended.
April 2, 2005 | Wendy Smith, Special to The Times
Gene Wilder's frank, charming memoir, "Kiss Me Like a Stranger," is refreshingly free from the two major sins of show-biz autobiographies: self-aggrandizement and score-settling. Oh, he tosses a few zingers at Carol Channing for her diva-like behavior during a summer tour of "The Millionairess," and he isn't terribly nice to his first wife.
August 11, 2003 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
The Hollywood Bowl became a time-travel machine over the weekend as an eclectic "Great American Concert" program took two nights of audiences to 1960s Broadway, via Carol Channing and music from "Hello, Dolly!"; Rat Pack-era Las Vegas, with the Sinatra-esque song styling of Michael Buble; and on back to Kitty Hawk, N.C., and the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pa., with selections by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Carol Channing doesn't live in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles. The Broadway legend, who starred in "Hello, Dolly!" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," hangs her gowns, instead, in a Rancho Mirage condominium, though she is quick to explain: "This is not a home. It's a place to write my book." Due out in September, the book is her first. Channing, who just turned 81, thought about calling it "The First 80 Years Are the Hardest," but its title is "Just Lucky, I Guess."
January 31, 2002 | Gina Piccalo and Louise Roug
Carol Channing returns home to Los Angeles to celebrate her 81st birthday today after suffering a severe bout of food poisoning in New York. The singer was rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning from ABC studios, where she had been scheduled for an interview with Barbara Walters on "The View." Channing was so sick when she arrived at ABC that producers called an ambulance. By the time she reached Lennox Hill Hospital, she was dangerously dehydrated and had to be fed intravenously. She remained hospitalized Tuesday night and left the hospital Wednesday against her doctor's recommendation, saying she was feeling better.
May 24, 1998 | ANN W. O'NEILL
News of the blond, the beautiful and the O.J.-adjacent Gentlemen may prefer blonds, but Carol Channing says her husband of 41 years preferred the company of his friends, especially Beverly Hills glamour photographer Wallace Seawell. The frothy-haired stage and screen actress claims in freshly filed divorce papers that during their four decades of marriage her husband, Charles F. Lowe, 86, spent more than $1 million on Seawell--because of their "personal relationship."
April 17, 1998
The American Foundation for AIDS research will honor actors Carol Burnett and Carol Channing, as well as songwriter Carole Bayer Sager at "AmFAR Salutes the Carols," a benefit for the organization being held Wednesday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Each woman will be honored for her "extraordinary career and lifelong commitment to the fight against AIDS."
March 11, 1996
Carol Channing will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards ceremony March 18 at Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City. The circle also has announced that Bonita Friedericy will receive the Natalie Schafer Award, presented to an emerging comic actress. The award was endowed by Schafer, the late actress perhaps best remembered for her role on "Gilligan's Island."
Have you ever wondered why Carol Channing is still doing "Hello, Dolly!" after more than 4,500 performances, at 74 years of age? You need only see her face when the applause comes rolling over the footlights, and you will understand. Applause is mother's milk to Channing. No, it's oxygen. It's air . You have only until Sunday to see her, and the show, at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. "Hello, Dolly!"
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