Monday, May 2, 2011

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

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This weekend I was lucky enough to be invited by a friend to the viewing of a film at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie she had tickets for was "Carol Channing: Larger Than Life" and I have to tell you that it was just a lovely way to spend two hours. As a musical theater junkie, I had of course always heard of Carol Channing, and I knew she was the originator of the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in "Hello Dolly" as well as Loreilei Lee, in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," which Marilyn Monroe made famous. However, this film focused much more heavily on the fairy tale love affair Carol had with her now-husband, a relationship which began when the two were merely tweens, the tender ages 12 or so, and then went on hiatus for 70 years before he reached out to her after being told she had a memoir out. Can you imagine? Proves there's no timeline for love, I suppose. And on that lovely note, Happy Monday!

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