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"Hello, Dolly!" star visits Detroit to receive
second annual Apple Award.
wife, Sarah, the family reveals. The
actress, often on strict organic diets,
Special to the Jewish News
was known to bring her own food.
"Thank goodness I have this faulty
udiences around the world
memory gland," Channing recently
know Carol Channing for
told an interviewer asking about
her smashing performances
divorce proceedings giving notoriety
as Dolly Levi in Hello,
to her third husband and manager,
Dolly!— but only after Detroit audi-
Charles Lowe. "I just don't remember
ences helped polish the Fisher Theatre
production as it was readied for
The star, who discloses in her book
Broadway in 1964.
A very small Michigan group further that her father was African American
remembers the star, a
Channing, has a
participating in a
seder during a visit to
theater icons who
Many memories of
She tells, for
appearances will come
example, how she
together when she
got her agent, Abe
receives the second
nstfogel at the
annual Apple Award,
William Morris •
the Sarah Applebaum
Agency, by singing
Nederlander Award for Carol Channing, right, with
her pal Shirley Eder
Channing comes to
Michigan to accept the honor at the
time of the release of her autobiography, while studying European cultures at
Bennington College. She also writes
Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts
about her friendship with the late enter-
(Simon & Schuster; $24.95).
tainer Danny Kaye, who helped her get
The Apple, given in partnership
an important part.
with Wayne State University, will be
"Carol liked to stay at the Whittier
presented Wednesday, Dec. 4, at a gala
Detroit, and we used to visit her
to raise funds for an endowment to
there," recalls Slotkin, who has since
benefit the university's theater pro-
enjoyed many dinners with Channing
gram. Channing will meet with WSU
in New York and has been friends
theater students earlier in the day.
with her only son, political cartoonist
"Can you imagine Carol Channing
reciting the Four Questions?" asks
"My mother once surprised Carol by
John Slotkin, son of retired radio and
a party for her and inviting a
newspaper celebrity interviewer Shirley
Eder. "She was at one of our seders and female impersonator from Las Vegas to
entertain in Carol's style. Everybody
told us she knew all about the holiday
really seemed to have lots of fun with
because one of her husbands was
Jewish. She actually did quite well."
Channing, 79, will have lots to share
The Carol Channing gala,
with students as she recalls a lengthy
planned for Wednesday, Dec. 4,
career on stage, in film and on TV —
begins at 5:30 p.m. with a
strolling buffet at the Fisher
Blondes in 1949 to the animated
Theatre and will be followed by a
Thumbelina in 1994.
performance of Some Like It Hot
She also can talk about her friend-
starring Tony Curtis. $250 gala
ship with the Nederlander family,
and play/$400 gala, play, breakfast
including the woman after whom her
and meeting with students. (313)
award in named. Channing had many
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