Carol Channing Wiki, Height, Weight, Age, Boyfriend, Family, Biography & More

Biography / Wiki

Carol Channing, an endearing Broadway icon, captivated the entertainment industry with her larger-than-life stage presence. Born as Carol Elaine Channing on January 31, 1921, she gained renown for her delightfully exaggerated performances, distinctive gravelly voice, and expressive facial expressions.

She gained widespread acclaim through her appearances in numerous Broadway productions, earning a Tony Award for her iconic performance in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Her portrayals consistently showcased an intense expressiveness that captivated both audiences and critics, solidifying her popularity.

Height / Weight / Age

Carol Channing stood tall at a height of 175 cm, which is equivalent to 5’9″ in feet and inches. Her weight was 65 kg, or approximately 143 lbs in pounds. With her blonde hair and green eyes, she possessed a distinctive appearance. Carol Channing passed away at the age of 97 on January 15, 2019, leaving behind a legacy of her captivating smile and unique raspy voice.

Net Worth

Approximately valued at $25 million, Carol Channing possessed a 1970 Buick Electra and an aged property in Denver.

Education / Family

Carol Channing was born in Seattle, Washington to Christian Channing and Adelaide Channing. Following her birth, her family relocated to San Francisco, where she spent her childhood. With a multiracial background, Carol attended Lowell High School, where she cultivated her skills in dance and modeling. Seeking to pursue a major in drama, she made her way to Vermont and enrolled at Bennington College. Eventually, she moved to New York City, where she studied acting at the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.


Carol Channing

Real name Carol Elaine Channing
Birth Place Seattle, Washington, United States
Date Of Birth January 31, 1921
Age 97 years (at the time of death)
Height In centimeters – 175 cmIn feet inches – 5’9”
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Blonde
Profession Actress, comedian, singer, dancer
Zodiac sign Aquarius
School Lowell High School, San Francisco
College Bennington College, Vermont
Religion Christian Science
Nationality American
Home Town San Francisco, California
Debut Film – Lend an ear (1948)TV – Alice in wonderland
Fathers Name George Channing
Mothers Name Adelaide Channing

Carol Channing With Her Parents
Carol Channing With Her Parents

Brothers None
Sister None

Career / Fashion And Style

She embarked on her stage career at the age of 19, securing her first job in Marc Blitzstein’s production of ‘No for an answer’. In 1948, her breakthrough came with the film ‘Lend an ear’, propelling her into the spotlight as a celebrated performer.

She achieved acclaim for her portrayal of Lorelei Lee in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,’ and she gained recognition through her iconic theme song ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.’ In 1964, she graced the stage in ‘Hello, Daddy!’ and earned the esteemed Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

She has made numerous appearances in films, such as Skidoo, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and The First Travelling Sales Lady. Her exceptional performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie earned her a well-deserved Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2011, the captivating documentary ‘Carol Channing: Larger Than Life’ was released, delving into the remarkable journey of her life.

Boyfriends, Affairs, Husband and More

Throughout her life, she entered into matrimony on four occasions. At the age of 82, she embarked on her final marital journey with Harry Kuliijian. From her second spouse, Alexander Carson, a professional football player, she bore a son named Channing Carson.

Boyfriends Vidal Sassoon, British businessman

Carol Channing With Her Ex Boyfriend Vidal Sassoon
Carol Channing With Her Ex-Boyfriend Vidal Sassoon

Marital Status Widowed
Husband Theodore Naidish (divorced, 1941-1944)Alexander Carson (1948-1956)

Charles Lowe (1956-1999, till his death)

Carol Channing With Her Ex Husband Charles Lowe
Carol Channing With Her Ex-Husband Charles Lowe

Harry Kullijian (2003-2011, till his death)

Carol Channing With Her Ex Husband Harry Kullijian
Carol Channing With Her Ex-Husband Harry Kullijian

Children Son – Channing Carson

Carol Channings Son Channing Carson
Carol Channing’s Son Channing Carson

Favourite Things

Here is the list of Carol’s favourite things.

Favourite food Zucchini or chopped celery
Favourite fruit Raspberry
Favourite dessert Seeds
Favourite fun time activity Telling stories
Carol Channing Posing

Some Interesting Facts About Carol Channing

  • Carol started her career with short side roles in theatre.
  • ‘The Carol Channing Theatre’ was her high school’s theatre which is now re-named after her name.

The Carol Channing Theatre
The Carol Channing Theatre

  • She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the 1960s.
  • For the movie ‘Hello, Dolly!’, she has won the best actress in a musical.
  • For Tony Awards, she has been nominated six times out of which she has won three.
  • On February 14, 1988, the city of San Francisco was declared as the ‘Carol Channing Day’.
  • In front of The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort, you will observe her handprints are marked.

carol channings hand
Carol Channing’s Handprint at Disney’s Studios

  • She was honored with Tony Award for lifetime achievement in 1995.
  • She was a health-conscious person.
  • Since 1963, she did not visit the restaurant to eat food.
  • She only preferred organic food and carried her own sealed food in containers whenever invited for any event.
  • “Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts” is a book featuring her magical life which was released in 2002.
  • She released her album ‘For Heaven’s Sake’ in 2009, which was dedicated to her father.
  • On Sesame Street Show, she sang ‘Hello, Dolly!’ variation called ‘Hello Sammy’.
  • Her hobbies were singing and dancing.
  • She had a degree in drama and dance.
  • She learned to speak Yiddish from Theodore Naidish’s grandfather.
  • She died just 16 days away from her 98th
  • Before Carol’s birth, she changed her surname from Stucker to Channing.

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