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NEW YORK - JUNE 6: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Rapper LL Cool J and actress Carol Channing appear on stage during the "58th Annual Tony Awards" at Radio City Music Hall on June 6, 2004 in New York City. The Tony Awards are presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Remember Carol Channing putting a hit on her noisy neighbor during the opening scene of The Godfather? Or maybe that time she got involved with a ring of street car racers in the gritty streets of LA?

Okay, that was a test; if anything on this page so far has made you chuckle even a little or piqued your interest slightly without getting offended, then you will enjoy our tribute to Carol Channing who passed away this morning:

 

“Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.” – Carol Channing

 

While you’re listening, here’s a fun collection of images and stories covering the career of this iconic, industry pioneer: