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Bette Midler Pays Tribute to Fellow 'Dolly,' the Late Carol Channing

Bette Midler Pays Tribute to Fellow 'Dolly,' the Late Carol Channing

Bette Midler is speaking out to pay tribute to the late and great Carol Channing following the legendary Broadway star’s death.

Carol originated the role of Dolly in the musical Hello, Dolly and Bette played the role in the most recent Broadway revival. She even won a Tony Award for her performance.

“There was only one Carol Channing, and there will never be another. She was that rarest of stage creatures, an absolute original. From her instantly recognizable voice, to her stature, which was close to 6 feet, with her wide-eyed take on the world she crept into theater-goers hearts and took up permanent residence there,” Bette said in a statement provided to

“When Scott Rudin invited me to play Dolly in 2016, I immediately thought of her and went to visit. How could I not?” she continued. “She had played the part over 7,000 times around the world, and to the world, she WAS Dolly. It was one of the great afternoons of my life. She was gracious, and she was generous, sharing with me the legends, the lore and the mechanics of Dolly, much of which had been lost in time. I will forever be grateful to her for lighting my way to one of the most magical experiences of my performing life, and for the hours I spent in her company. I flat-out adored her and send her fans, her friends and her son, Channing Lowe, my condolences, although as far as I am concerned, she will live forever.”

You can currently see Hello, Dolly on tour around the United States. The show is playing in San Diego right now and will soon open at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

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