Goodbye, Dolly?! Carol Channing Fights the Flu as Documentary Debuts

carol channing Goodbye, Dolly?! Carol Channing Fights the Flu as Documentary DebutsWe hear that the April 23 red carpet for the Tribeca Film Festival documentary Carol Channing: Larger Than Life was canceled because the 90-year-old actress had a case of the flu. “Is it bad?” one publicist asked another at a festival press junket. The response was grim: “At her age …” the woman said, her voice trailing off.

The documentary’s premiere was set to draw the likes of Chita Rivera, Whoopi Goldberg and Tyne Daly, though as of April 15, the film hadn’t been completed. As for the flu, “That’s the trouble with making a documentary about a nonagenarian,” a Rubenstein flack explained. We have since been told that Ms. Channing is “feeling much better.” We wish her well.

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