Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

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Entertainment legends come and grace audiences with their mesmerizing looks as well as with their incredible talent. It takes a lot to achieve this status but when these special performers do reach that mark, it is up to the audience to accept this truly wonderful gift. One such gift is wrapped in the timeless package that is Carol Channing. She is a musical theater icon and a true Broadway legend. A new documentary is out chronicling her career called Carol Channing: Larger Than Life and it is definitely worth checking out.

Known for her star-making roles as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and as Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly!, these two roles skyrocketed Channing into superstardom. Her unique look and style made her stand out among many other lovely actresses of her time. Tall, thin, with a big smile, a raspy yet charming voice and a quirky yet attractive way about her, Channing was and at 91 years-old is still in a league of her own.

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life is a loving tribute to one of musical theater’s most accomplished stars. This documentary contains numerous anecdotes, photos and footage and the celebrity interviews of her peers and friends are priceless and to see Channing still performing at her age is really a beautiful thing. If you are a fan of this iconic performer, then I highly recommend giving this documentary a look and if you don’t know much about Channing, well then this is a good place to start. 

DVD Bonus Features

The bonus features for Carol Channing: Larger Than Life are very good. There are a ton of featurettes and they are:

  • First Impressions
  • To Be “Hirschfelded
  • Work Ethic
  • Fashion Icon
  • Creating Dolly
  • “Hello Dolly!” Opening Night
  • On the Road
  • Crew Stories
  • Too Much Coffee
  • A Tough Audience
  • Food!
  • Danny Kaye
  • Barbara Walters on Carol
  • Joan Crawford’s Wedding
  • Odds and Ends
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