Carol Channing - 1974 A sketch by Bob Mackie, based on a costume design by Ray Aghayan and Mackie, for Carol Channing in the Broadway production of "Lorelie", felt pen, signed, the design showing Channing wearing a gold fringed shimmy dress with diamonds -- 17x11in. (43.2x28cm.)
Growing up in an era where a drop of African American blood could ruin your career, Carol kept her heritage a secret until 2002. In her autobiography she wrote that her mother told her when she was 16 that her father was at least half black. The remarkably pale actress gave no hint that she had any African American blood in her and went on to have a very prolific Broadway career.
Carol Channing - (January 31, 1921) Fascinating fact. Carol only wears false eyelashes now for special events. Glueing them on over the years, & ripping them off, caused damage to her eyelids, so today in her 90's she often goes mink-eyelash free. minkshmink.