Just in case you hadn't heard, the vivacious Carol Channing turns 90 years young today. The website dot429 caught up with the newly minted nonagenarian to discuss a plethora of topics. Amongst the fabulous tid-bits Ms. Channing reveals, we were especially charmed by her plea for the arts to play a more substantial role in the education system, her battle with stage fright (to this very day), her candid (and quite honestly, heartbreaking) memory of being told she would not recreate her role as Dolly Levi in the film version of Hello, Dolly! (that, as you may know, went to Barbra Streisand) and how gay men have loved her since the beginning of time, basically. "They [the gay community] made me their queen!," she says. "Way back in 1952, I think it was, in San Francisco, where I was born and raised. And I was so proud." Well, needless to say, we're proud, too, of Channing and all her achievements over the last almost-century. And from the amazing energy she gives off in the video (not to mention how a-may-zing she looks -- seriously!) we don't expect her to be going anywhere anytime soon.
For the entire interview, visit www.dot429.com, a fabulous professional networking site for the LGBTA community.
And as an added bonus -- if you have never seen it -- treat yourself to Carol Channing's brilliant performance of 'Jam Tomorrow, Jam Yesterday' from Alice and Wonderland. It basically changed our lives.