Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

Carol Channing at 90!  What a force of nature.  And what a good movie about her life!  Carol Channing's exuberance leaps out of the screen at you.  She's as ebullient in her personal life as she is on stage.  

Channing devoted her life singlemindedly to the stage. She did more than 5,000 performances in Hello Dolly, without missing one.  She persevered through a bout of ovarian cancer. She breathed life into the character Dolly Levi - in fact, she was Dolly.    She starred in a revival of Hello Dolly in 1995 at the ripe old age of 74.

The other theme in this movie is the love story between Channing and her boyfirend from when she was 14 years old.  Channing married Harry when she was in her 80's, after both she and Harry had had very long marriages, Harry's ending in widowhood, and Channing's in bitter divorce.  However, the romance was clearly still fresh.  Their infatuation is almost indecent.

There are more screenings of this movie - go see it!

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