Celebrities Pay Tribute To Broadway Legend Carol Channing

The 'Hello Dolly' stage icon Carol Channing has died age 97.

Channing passed away of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, her publicist Harlan Boll confirmed today.

Boll said it was with "extreme heartache" that he announced "the passing of an original industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon".

“I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped... or fell rather... into my life,” Boll wrote in a statement.

“It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it.”

Channing was best known for her starring role in the Broadway smash hit Hello Dolly as well as stage musicals like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Show Girl. 

She won a Golden Globe in 1967 for her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie and was nominated for an Academy Award that same year.

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The revered star also appeared as herself in shows including The Muppet Show, The Nanny, Sesame Street, The Drew Carey Show, Family Guy and RuPaul's Drag Race

Celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bette Midler and Viola Davis are paying tribute to the influential performer, comedic legend and class act on social media.

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