Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts

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Best known for her portrayal of the irresistible Dolly Levi from the Broadway musical phenomenon Hello, Dolly!, beloved and enduring legend Carol Channing takes on her most challenging role yet: as the author of this funny, ribald, and moving memoir.

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Carol Channing has been performing for more than fifty years. Her many starring stage roles include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Hello, Dolly!; and Lorelei. She appeared in the film Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she received an Academy Award nomination and won the Golden Globe award. Just Lucky I Guess is her first book. Miss Channing lives in Palm Springs, California. She has no intention of ever retiring.

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Broadway's original Lorelei Lee and Dolly Levi recounts her charmed life, making her success sound like the perfectly normal outcome for a nearly six-foot-tall girl who used to deliver the Christian Science Monitor to San Francisco back stages. A veritable platter of patter, her memoir is laced with off-the-cuff openings like "Now, do you want to know..." and "Let me tell you..." Famous names are not dropped as much as unavoidably run into as Channing-now 81-charts the events of her life, such as the process of mounting Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with composer Jule Styne, lyricist Leo Robin, writer Anita Loos, actress Tallulah "Talloo" Bankhead, composer Richard Rodgers and, as consultants, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. As much as it is a memoir, Channing's book is also a valediction to her old friends, many of whom, like George Burns and Loretta Young, are gone. As she writes of their qualities, she straightforwardly tells readers what she learned from or enjoyed about them. Louis Armstrong was kind, Jimmy Durante generous and Barbra Streisand admirable, despite having peeved Channing by "kidnapping" her "baby"-the role of Dolly for the movie version of Hello, Dolly! (which flopped, Channing happily adds). The mix of plainness, largesse and purpose doesn't make for the most scintillating memoir (there's not much about her marriages, for example), but that seems true to the persona and perhaps to the person herself. Chatty and colorful, it's like having Channing as the only guest on an afternoon talk show-a big treat for the right person. Photos not seen by PW.
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