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Carol Channing’s Birthday celebrated in Palm Springs

February 5th, 2014 | by Xochitl Pena | Comments
Carol Channing thanks the crowd inside Palm Springs City Council chambers for honoring her 93rd birthday.

Carol Channing thanks the crowd inside Palm Springs City Council chambers for honoring her 93rd birthday.

All inside the Palm Springs City Council chambers sang Happy Birthday to a very grateful Carol Channing on Wednesday.

The Broadway star and comedienne turned 93 on Jan. 31.

Mayor Steve Pougnet presented Channing with a Certificate of Honor while reading off many of her accomplishments.

“It is our great fortune to have Ms. Carol Channing in our community” said Pougnet.  “I am honored to recognize Carol for all of her accomplishments in her 93 years and wish her many more wonderful years to come.”

Channing, who resides in Palm Springs, made her Broadway debut in 1941, but really made a name for herself in the 1949 playing Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Then in 1963 she appeared in the Broadway blockbuster “Hello Dolly!” for which she won a Tony award.

She received an Oscar nod for her supporting role in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in 1967 and through the 1970s and 1980s continued to stay busy by lending her iconic raspy voice to animated films and TV series.

Carol Channing and Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet say "Merry Christmas" to the crowd congregated for the Christmas Tree at Frances Stevens Park during the annual Palm Springs Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 5, 2013.

Carol Channing and Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet say “Merry Christmas” to the crowd congregated for the Christmas Tree at Frances Stevens Park during the annual Palm Springs Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 5, 2013.

Most recently, Channing received an ATHENA Award in December from Palm Springs and also served as the Grand Marshall in the city’s most recent Festival of Lights Parade.

“Oh you dear people l’m so happy to be here, I can’t tell you,” said Channing.   “And I’ll stay with you ‘til the end of my days.”

 

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