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Carol Channing Ripped Off in Hollywood!

9/13/2007 7:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hello Dolly, and gimme dat dress!
Carol Channing
LAPD Hollywood Division is currently on scene at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, where they were called on a report of stolen clothes -- from Broadway legend Carol Channing (seen here with the Reagans and Rockefellers).

According to Carol's rep, the 86-year-old Channing arrived at the hotel with her husband Harry Kullijian between 12:30 and 1:00 PM, carrying several pieces of luggage. As they were checking in, a thief made off with one of their bags that contained some a very important -- and historic-- property!


Carol's rep tells TMZ that inside the suitcase, a small black roller bag, was the sparkling "diamond dress" (seen in this picture) that Channing famously wore as Lorelei Lee over 700 times in the stage production of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." There may come a time when a lass needs a lawyer!

The valuable garment, which originally had long sleeves, was scheduled to be photographed and then sent to the Smithsonian to be exhibited. Luckily, her 1964 Tony award for "Hello Dolly," which she is also donating to the museum, was in another bag.

She's currently rehearsing for a performance this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. When asked how Carol was doing, he said, "Carol refuses to focus on the negative. It affects her work."

The hotel surveillance camera has a shot of a person of interest -- which has been given to police.

Story developing ...
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16.

Desease control    



hey Babe , if you know who took the dress tuen them in for sure
or tell what you know and gwt a reward,

Caralo Channing is a ClASS ACT so
show some respect and call the cops and dont worry about getting fired

its only a Job at a Hotel...

this is alot bigger than that.


I pray you do the right thing

and the drees is returned,....................


befor brittney spears eats some fried chicken in it or something eles God awful happens.


2598 days ago
17.

killa'bro    

i would f**k her corpse, nice t*ts

2598 days ago
18.

rico13    

Yeah,some 'drag queen' will be 'Dressed To KiLL' tonight!..eeeeeekkkkkkk!.

2598 days ago
19.

MT    

OMG
#11 your comments started out good with Britney's originality and creativity for our time----(The VMA's were like nothing I have ever seen before) and the art and music depts of our schools need help for sure but when you start talking about religion, and soldiers and culture you should learn how to spell, and get some therapy... MTV SUCKS, We still love you Britney and ... BTW Good luck to Carol Channing in finding her dress.

2598 days ago
20.

MT    


#11 your comments started out good with Britney's originality and creativity for our time----(The VMA's were like nothing I have ever seen before) and the art and music depts of our schools need help for sure but when you start talking about religion, and soldiers and culture you should learn how to spell, and get some therapy... BTW MTV SUCKS ..we still love you Britney, . and Good luck to Caroll Canning in finding her dress!!! That was like a one of a kind dress --and she is a great lady!!! Hope this story has a good ending when they catch the person.

2598 days ago
21.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    


ooh gross can you imagine what that thing smelled like ? and to only have the one dress for all those performances , very careless ; very careless indeed.

2598 days ago
22.

Mariah    

I am so glad to hear she is still performing. I was listening to an old CD the other day (one of those Best of Broadway compilation's) and she is just so funny. She has the best version of Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend. I saw her perform Hello, Dolly when she took it on tour about 8 or 9 yrs ago, cannot believe she would have been approx. 78 yrs old doing that: the heavy costumes, singing and dancing like she was 18. She rocks!!

2598 days ago
23.

dirty white boy.    

Please learn the language or just please leave..

2598 days ago
24.

jmassa1120@aol.com    

She is like 100, not 88 ! LOL, who would want that dress? Geessh!

2598 days ago
25.

Terry    


I agree with you # 11 except for the talent part, we have good talented people who make good movies and put out decent CD's .
I however wont spell check your post because I cannot articulate myself well enough to disagree with you.
I fully understand some computer anti virus programs make it difficult to type correctly in the box.
Most know it all's pre write their post in windows mail program, spell check , copy and paste.
Then proceed to put down everyone's spelling.

2598 days ago
26.

Terry    


By # 20 - MT

#11 "your comments started out good with Britney's originality and creativity for our time----(The VMA's were like nothing I have ever seen before) and the art and music depts of our schools need help for sure but when you start talking about religion, and soldiers and culture you should learn how to spell, and get some therapy"

MT - Why would number #11 need therapy because of a few spell errors and mentioning our soldiers in a positive light?

2598 days ago
27.

Sheila    

I was in Hollywood recently and couldn't believe how seedy it was for a tourist town.

This poor woman has to deal with this at her age. What a shame.

Was thankful to get back to New York!

2598 days ago
28.

mizalucard    

Reagan once "stained" that dress.

2598 days ago
29.

Stephanie Goldmin    

NothinGs worse then this OUTTA WORK pices of trash LYING just to get some publicty.
No one wants her friggen junk/clothes...Her next pieace of press should be her FUNERAL! Damn Liar!

2598 days ago
30.

stressdgoddess    

what a shame...

hey, posters...CAN YOU FREAKING SPELL CHECK BEFORE YOU POST? HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A 'DICTIONARY'? It's a big book with a lot of big words, but it can help you all spell better..good LORD, people! *eyeroll*

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