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As previously reported, the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA, will celebrate the 95th birthday of Tony winner Channing March 5 at 8 PM with an evening titled Carol Channing's 95th Birthday: In Celebration of a Broadway Legend.
A recipient of the 1995 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award, Channing received her first Theatre World Award for her performance in 1948's Lend An Ear. She was spotted in that production by author Anita Loos and cast in the 1949 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as Lorelei Lee. She came to national prominence as the star of Hello, Dolly!, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Channing is a longtime advocate for arts education and has been honored by the California state legislature for her work to engage the public about the importance of the arts in education.