Monday, August 9, 2010

Carol Channing Deserves a Kennedy Center Honor

By Seaners4Real

Carol Channing is one of the most decorated actresses in history. She has three Tony Awards—one for Best Actress in a Musical for Hello, Dolly! in 1964, a 1968 Special Award, and the 1995 Lifetime Achievement Honor. She has a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress for Thoroughly Modern Millie (for which she also earned an Oscar nomination). And she was named the Golden Apple Awards Female Star of the Year in 1967 and the Hasty Pudding Club’s Woman of the Year in 1971.

She’s received the Best Nightclub Act of the Year Award, the Oscar Hammerstein honor for lifetime achievement, and the Julie Harris Lifetime Achievement Award from the Actors' Fund of America.

Oh ya, she has ten gold records and a star on the Walk of Fame, too.

So what else could Carol Channing possibly need?

Well some of her famous friends have started a campaign because they believe she deserves a Kennedy Center honor. After all she starred in over 5,000 performances of Hello, Dolly!, appeared in movies like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and competed on some of the best TV game shows in history—a round of Hollywood Squares anyone?

And, of course, she lent her voice to one of our all-time favorites Free to Be… You & Me.

Sounds like a worthy candidate to us.

By now, you must be wondering what you can do to help make sure that Carol gets the credit she deserves. Who better than fellow funny lady Lily Tomlin to explain (via a post on the Carol Channing should be a Kennedy Center Honoree Facebook page):

I am encouraging all of our friends and colleagues to send a letter to the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts recommending that Carol Channing be selected as one of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honorees. I know I don't have to list all of Carol's accolades or the reasons I feel she has earned this high praise from our country—we all love her. I hope you will add your voice to the crescendo and write a letter to the Kennedy Center to nominate Carol.

Thanks in advance for your help and participation!


Lily Tomlin

Channing continues to give as much as she gets, too. Her Channing Arts organization campaigns to restore arts programs in public schools. See who she enlisted for this celeb-fueled PSA supporting the cause:

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