A compilation of photos of people who visited Carol Channing backstage during her initial run in Hello Dolly. Going left to right from the top: Lucille Ball, Robert Kennedy, Barbra Streisand, Ladybird Johnson, Liza Minnelli and Joey and Lorna Luft, Thornton Wilder.
“When you are lucky enough to be in three smash hit Broadway musicals, the whole world comes through your dressing room” - Carol Channing
With Ava Gardner (Via timelessaudrey); Bette Davis (Via onthesetwithaudreyhepburn); Rex Harrison and Joan Crawford (Here); Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti; Billy Wilder, Mel Ferrer, Maurice Chevalier and James Stewart; Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, Mel Ferrer, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner; Barbra Streisand; Loretta Young (Here); Gene Kelly (Here); Gina Lollobrigida.
When Barbra Streisand was honoured by the AFI with the Life Achievement Award in 2000… her friend and co-star * Robert Redford * honoured her with this incredibly thoughtful and sweet statement:
‘Working with Barbra I hold as one of the highpoints of my film experience. I knew her before, particularly as a performer.
On that level I thought she was talented, innovative, and sure. Sure of her ability, her craft, but also sure what she wanted from it. Her power as a performer created an inner beauty that made the prospect of working with her attractive.
For someone so determined and in such control of herself, there are certain to be stories about how difficult she was, but such stories abound in our business and are probably best ignored. Well, guess what? She was a pain in the ass. Just kidding. She was a delight, and our connection was a delight.
She was simply very alive — a critic, tough on herself, questioning, doubting, putting forth a huge effort to be the best she could be. So, quite contrary to any foregone notions, she was a joy. I will keep that experience in the sphere of fondest memory. I cannot imagine a more deserving recipient of tonight’s award.’
* Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand * 'The Way We Were’ (1973) ♡