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Carol Channing: Larger Than Life Film Review

A Broadway Dame with a Heart of Gold

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Carol Channing Larger Than Life

Not just any closet....Carol Channing finds her original "Hello, Dolly!" headdress

Dramatic Forces

This uplifting documentary will give you a new perspective on the legendary Broadway performer Carol Channing. Now in her 90's, Channing is still performing and enjoying a new love affair with the man that got away.

Hear Carol Channing tell her stories of classic Broadway in that incomparable voice and hear from her friends -- including Jerry Herman, Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera, Debbie Reynolds, and others.

The Show Goes On

Carol Channing is a true original -- those eyes, that voice, that energy. She took Broadway by storm with her performance in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and her rendition of "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." But it was her turn as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! that made her a household name and a cultural icon.

In Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, we learn about the woman behind the enormous smile. Still high kicking in her golden years, Carol Channing was a tireless performer and beloved by both fans and her fellow performers.

The Indomitable Carol Channing

Carol Channing is a woman who never missed a show during her years in Hello, Dolly!, which means she took to the stage thousands of times, even when she had to fly in from her treatments for ovarian cancer. Just once, she was dragged off the stage midway through a show because of a nasty case of food poisoning.

Love in the Third Act

Today, Carol can still be convinced to take the stage -- especially when fellow Broadway dames Angela Lansbury and Chita Rivera are involved. But she spends most of her time with Harry, her first love who recently found her after 60 years apart.

This sweet love story adds depth to a rousing tale of Broadway superstardom and a diva that deserves to be appreciated by a whole new audience today.

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