Legendary Broadway star Carol Channing has died at the age of 97 from natural causes in her home in California. The Seattle-born actress was known for her iconic raspy voice, massive smile, and her unique sense of humor. After leaving home for New York, Channing was cast in the show Never Take No for an Answer and then found great success in Gentleman Prefer Blondes in 1949. Then, she was cast as Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello Dolly! a role that she would continue to reprise throughout her life.
Channing also found success in films. She was nominated for an Academy Award for playing Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Those unfamiliar with Channing were reintroduced to the icon through the documentary Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, which showed an indefatigable star continuing to entertain her fans.