Carol Channing’s “Diamond Dress” in Hollywood Heist

ChanningA “diamond dress” worn by Carol Channing in the stage production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (see photo) was stolen from the 86-year-old actress as she checked in to the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel yesterday afternoon, TMZ reports:

“The valuable garment, which originally had long sleeves, was scheduled to be photographed and then sent to the Smithsonian to be exhibited. Luckily, her 1964 Tony award for ‘Hello Dolly,’ which she is also donating to the museum, was in another bag. She’s currently rehearsing for a performance this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. When asked how Carol was doing, he said, ‘Carol refuses to focus on the negative. It affects her work.'”

Police are seeking a “person of interest” who was captured on one of the hotel’s security cameras.

No doubt Carol wants the dress with her best friends all over it returned quickly.

UPDATE: Carol speaks (and sings)!

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  1. Dean says

    I hope they catch the thief and hang him! … well, maybe that’s a bit strong. I just ADORE (!!!!!) Carol Channing. She’s an amazing comedic actress but MUCH more important she’s an incredibly nice person. She visited Atlanta several years ago and stopped into a bar that I frequent. Many years ago she was interviewed by an ex of an ex of mine and my ex attended the interview. She went out of her way to be polite and acknowledge him. He said she was one of the classiest women he’d ever met.

    Unlike another [gay??] celeb… I won’t mention names but little Edith Ann couldn’t even be bothered to thank a couple of lesbian friends who had waited backstage to give her flowers.

    To bad there aren’t any Carol Channings in today’s group of celebutants.

  2. nic says

    this is from DNA magazine:

    date: 20-Nov-2006

    Once considered a gay icon of the campest degree, Carol Channing seemingly struck out against the gays last week, saying of her gay fans in a recent interview:

    “I don’t think about them. I’m grateful that they seem to like me. They’re terribly loyal to me. But I’m knee-deep in the Bible and you know what it says about that.”

    Continuing her rant, she then went on to speak about her views on gay rights:

    “I don’t think about [gay rights]. If they can’t take care of their own problems, why should I bother? It’s not my problem. At one time there were seven men doing me in Las Vegas. I began to wonder if I had a glandular problem. But you know that the Bible says that that’s not the way it’s supposed to be.”

    i say fuck her.

  3. db says

    Nic, you obviously only read that and didn’t follow up. The whole issue was shown to be about a reporter trying to make a name for himself by trashing her. He misquoted her and went out of his way to fluster her. She’s always been supportive of gays. I didn’t believe it when I read the interview and I still don’t.

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