Growing up in an era where a drop of African American blood could ruin your career, Carol kept her heritage a secret until 2002. In her autobiography she wrote that her mother told her when she was 16 that her father was at least half black. The remarkably pale actress gave no hint that she had any African American blood in her and went on to have a very prolific Broadway career.
Carol Channing - (January 31, 1921) Fascinating fact. Carol only wears false eyelashes now for special events. Glueing them on over the years, & ripping them off, caused damage to her eyelids, so today in her 90's she often goes mink-eyelash free. minkshmink.
"I've worked with a lot of great glamorous girls in movies and the theater. And I'll admit, I've often thought it would be wonderful to be a femme fatale. But then I'd always come back to thinking that if they only had what I've had - a family, real love, an anchor - they would have been so much happier during all the hours when the marquees and the floodlights are dark." - Eve Arden