Carol Channing '42

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Carol Channing began her Broadway career as a comic actress while still a student at Bennington and went on to win four Tony Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement, an Academy Award nomination, and a Golden Globe during her storied career. She earned fame on Broadway for her roles as Lorelei Lee in the original 1949 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and as Dolly in Hello, Dolly!, and starred in the classic Hollywood film Thoroughly Modern Millie, among many other Broadway, film, and television credits. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981 and released an autobiography, Just Lucky I Guess, in 2002. She is the subject of a 2012 documentary, Carol Channing: Larger than Life.