Legendary Broadway star Carol Channing died of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, on Tuesday.  She was 97 years old. Even though Channing was best known for her Tony Award-winning role as Dolly Levi in the hit Broadway musical “Hello Dolly!” (a role she performed some 5,000 times), she actually got her big break years earlier when she was cast as the diamond-loving showgirl Lorelei Lee in “Gentleman Prefer Blondes”. Her performance of the now classic song “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” is what catapulted her to fame.

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