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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Channing Narrator: Carol Channing Publisher: Carol Channing Productions Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781538425831
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Well, hello, Dolly!

Carol Channing, one of America’s most beloved and enduring theatrical legends, takes on her most challenging role yet: as the author of this funny, ribald, and moving memoir. Known across the nation for her portrayal of the irresistible Dolly Levi, the title character of the Broadway musical phenomenon, Hello, Dolly!, Carol Channing is perhaps the only living theatrical star whose name brings a smile to the face of people in virtually every city and town across America and Canada, to say nothing of London, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Her performance as the droll and leggy Lorelei Lee in the Broadway version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes made her a star and launched a career that has spanned over fifty years and has included a number of Broadway plays, many television appearances, and two movies, including Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Capping them all, of course, was her Tony award-winning signature performance as the irrepressible Dolly.

Conversational in style and written entirely by Miss Channing, this star-studded chronicle gives you the feeling that you are sitting down with this fascinating woman and having her delight you with tales from her long and amazing life, both personal and professional. You’ll be invited behind the scenes for stories featuring an all-star cast of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand, Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Tallulah Bankhead, Gower Champion, Clint Eastwood, Julie Andrews, Marlene Dietrich, David Merrick, Noël Coward, Al Pacino, and Yul Brynner. And you’ll learn of the not-so-glamorous times, too, as Miss Channing reveals her theatrical triumphs, her heritage, and her winning battle with ovarian cancer.

Through it all, Carol Channing — the real star of this story — demonstrates with wit and candor how she kept up her spirits and forged fearlessly ahead. From the first page to its triumphant conclusion — and including many never-before-seen photographs — Just Lucky I Guess is perhaps Miss Carol Channing’s most engaging performance yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Just like having a coffee break with the star.”

    Library Journal

  • “Broadway’s original Lorelei Lee and Dolly Levi recounts her charmed life, making her success sound like the perfectly normal outcome for a nearly six-foot-tall girl who used to deliver the Christian Science Monitor to San Francisco back stages…Chatty and colorful, it’s like having Channing as the only guest on an afternoon talk show—a big treat for the right person.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] buoyant showbiz autobiographyChanning’s appeal has always been that of a lovable fruitcake, and she wisely chooses to tell her story in her own words, rather than employ a ghostwriter or an “as told to” technique. As a result, the prose gets a bit lumpy at times, but the author’s warmth and quirky personality generally rescue the proceedings…Her humility and willingness to laugh at herself are evident on almost every page…This winning memoir is for the most part a cheery repast chocked with celebrity tidbits.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Broadway legend Channing recounts her magical life…Such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand, Ethel Merman, Yul Brynner, and Marlene Dietrich make frequent and amusing cameos in her life story. Channing also touches on her personal life…Broadway babies and showbiz aficionados are sure to get a kick out of this rollicking tale.”

    Booklist

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About the Author

Carol Channing has been performing for more than fifty years. Her many starring stage roles include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello, Dolly!, and Lorelei. She appeared in the film Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she received an Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe Award. Just Lucky I Guess is her first book. She lives in Palm Springs, California. She has no intention of ever retiring.