Carol Channing Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Carol Channing Net Worth

Carol Channing had an estimated net worth of $25 million at death. Carol Channing is known for her role as Lorelei Lee in 1949’s ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and her Tony-winning role in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ She earned most of her income from her career as a singer and actor. 

Carol Channing’s earlier Broadway roles included Proof Thro’ the Night and Lend an Ear, but she rose to prominence after appearing in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949. The actress was nominated for a Tony Award for Hello, Dolly! and a Golden Globe for her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Over the years, she has continued to appear on stage and in films.

To calculate the net worth of Carol Channing, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Carol Channing
Net Worth: $25 Million
Monthly Salary: $300 Thousand
Annual Income: $5 Million
Source of Wealth: Singer, Actor, Comedian

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Early Career and Parents

Carol Channing was born in Seattle, Washington on January 31, 1921. Channing, the daughter of a prominent newspaper editor who was active in the Christian Science movement, attended high school in San Francisco before enrolling at Vermont’s Bennington College. She studied drama and dance for a year before dropping out to pursue a career as an actress in New York.

Movies & Broadway

‘Gentleman Prefer Blondes’

Channing was an understudy in Broadway’s Let’s Face It (1941) before joining the cast of Proof Thro’ the Night, which premiered on Christmas Day 1942. With her wide grin and raspy voice, Channing made a name for herself years later, in 1949, when she took on the role of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In this role, she immortalized the anthem “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

Although she lost the role of Lorelei Lee to Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film version of the comedy, she remained active in nightclubs and in revue performances throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. She also continued to appear on Broadway, playing roles in Wonderful Town (1953) and The Vamp (1955).

‘Hello, Dolly!,’ ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

Her next Broadway hit did not come until 1964, when she played the role of Dolly Gallegher Levi in the hit musical Hello, Dolly! which ran for several years. She won a Tony Award for her performance, but had to give the role back to the young Barbra Streisand on screen. In 1966, Channing starred in the TV special An Evening With Carol Channing, which received three Emmy nominations. She later received an Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe for her supporting role in 1967’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, a film starring Julie Andrews in which Channing played wealthy party organiser Muzzy Van Hossmere.

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Voice Actress

Channing later starred in both Broadway and revivals of Hello, Dolly! playing the title role more than 5,000 times. Over the decades, she also made guest appearances on television series and lent her distinctive voice to animated films, including Shinbone Alley (1971), Happily Ever After (1990) and Thumbelina (1994). She has also provided the voices for the animated programs Where’s Waldo? TV, The Addams Family and The Magic School Bus.

In 1995, Channing was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tony Awards. In the new millennium, she published the autobiography Just Lucky I Guess in 2002. Later in the decade, she appeared in the one-woman show The First Eighty Years Are the Hardest.

Spouses and Son

Channing had previously been married twice, and she was married to TV producer and manager Charles Lowe from 1956 until his death in 1999. In 2003, she married her junior high school sweetheart, Harry Kullijian, at the age of 82. In 2011, Kullijian passed away. Channing also has a well-known cartoonist son, Channing Carson.


Channing passed away on January 15, 2019, in California.

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