This film’s journey from past to present was been magnificently illuminated by wondrous behind-the-curtain stories from a wide range of personalities that have known Carol for years and years. Storytellers include:
Composer/Lyricist – “Hello, Dolly!”, “Mame”, “La Cage Aux Folles”…etc..
Lily waited outside the Stage Door as a little girl every time Carol performed in Detroit. Carol was her inspiration for her impersonations.
Fellow dancer and close pal, Carol and Chita reigned over Broadway at the same time in the 1960’s.
Barbara will never forget how Carol cared for her mentally-challenged sister. She’d spend every Saturday watching Carol perform as Dolly, then spend the rest of the day with her at the theatre.
Their paths have crossed over and over on the Great White Way…and beyond.
Tippi is tremendously supportive of Carol’s commitment to getting Arts back into the schools.
Carol and Debbie performed together on stage. Debbie has great admiration for her dear friend as she’s been able to find love again in her 80’s.
Phyllis was the 6th woman to inhabit the headdress of Dolly Levi on Broadway after Carol.
Discovered Carol for her husband Director Gower Champion (Director of “Hello, Dolly!”). Marge was the original Snow White and dance star of many MGM musicals.
Carol is Tommy’s mentor and inspiration.
Betty and Carol were roommates at a Borscht Belt resort in the late 1930’s.
Designer of Carol’s famous diamond dress from “Gentleman Prefer Blondes”. Bob dressed Carol for years.
Seeing Carol Channing on TV growing up, gave Loni Anderson – a big-mouth, wide-eyed Blonde, the confidence to make it out there in the world.
When 9-year-old Bruce saw Carol Channing perform “Hello, Dolly!”, he decided then and there that that’s what he wanted to do when he grew up.
Understudy to Carol’s Dolly Levy on Broadway, Jo Anne was told by Carol that she didn’t need to practice because she’d never be going on. Carol had no intention of missing a performance. She never did.
Mary Jo Catlett
Mary Jo was Ernestine in the original production of “Hello, Dolly!”. Carol took Mary Jo under her ‘wing’…
Richard has devoted his life to celebrating Carol Channing.