31 January 1921, Seattle, Washington, USA. An actress and singer with a style and appearance that are difficult to define, she has been described as a blonde, wide-eyed, long-legged, husky voiced, scatty personality - among other things. The daughter of a Christian Science teacher, Channing moved with her family to San Francisco at an early age, and later attended Bennington College in Vermont, where she majored in drama and dance. In 1941 she appeared in Marc Blitzsteins labour opera No For An Answer, but only for three Sunday nights. In the same year she served as an understudy in Lets Face It! on Broadway, and had a small part in Proof Through The Night (1942). After playing nightclubs around New York, she returned to San Francisco in 1946 and won a part in the Hollywood revue Lend An Ear. Her performance in the Broadway version of the show led to her triumph as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, in which she introduced several...
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