The Hello, Dolly! and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes star died in January

By Helen Murphy
February 24, 2019 11:24 PM
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Carol Channing
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Viewers were confused when the Academy Awards‘ In Memoriam segment left out one notable person — actress Carol Channing, who died in January.

Channing, the saucer-eyed, gravelly voiced Broadway barnstormer whose offbeat personality and marquee value fueled such Golden Age musicals as Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly!, died at 97 on Jan. 15 of natural causes.

Many people watching the Oscars were confused by Channing’s omission.

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Others reminded the Academy that Channing herself was nominated for an Oscar; the actress was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 1968 ceremony, for her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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Another notable name missing from the segment? Stanley Donen, who died at age 94 on the eve of the Oscars.

A former Broadway dancer and choreographer, Donen co-directed 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain — widely regarded as the best movie musical of all time — with its star, Gene Kelly. He went on to direct more classic musicals, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, It’s Always Fair Weather and Funny Face.

The 91st Academy Awards were broadcast live from Los Angeles on Sunday on ABC.