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Channing to Thief: I Want My Dress Back!

9/14/2007 12:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Carol Channing is asking the man who stole her "diamond dress" that was headed for the Smithsonian to give it back. "He must be awfully hungry to do such a thing," Channing told TMZ yesterday. And she added, "They have a suspect ... I won't say his name, because we want the dress back, we don't want him. ... The Smithsonian is sad. I am not sad."

Whose gonna be sad is the suspect who the police caught on tape! Check out the photos after the jump.

The 86-year-old actress and husband Harry Kullijian checked into the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel around 12:30 PM Thursday. Their four suitcases were put into the bellman's cart and left unattended for about 20 minutes. According to LAPD detectives, a thief took the smallest piece of luggage and left on foot toward Hollywood Blvd. Inside the bag was the $150,000 dress that Channing wore as Lorelei Lee in the stage production of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

Detectives have released surveillance photos of the suspect. He is described as a male African-American, about 25 to 35 years of age, about 6'1", medium build. Police have checked with pawn shops to see if someone tried to sell the dress, but haven't found anything yet. Because of the value of the dress, this crime will be considered grand theft, which is a felony.


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Damn! She looks GREAT for 86!!!!

2575 days ago

Stephanie Goldmin    

Her next press event: Her funeral!!!!!
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

2575 days ago

I laugh at other's misfortunes    

Wow Steve, you sound like quite the badass for bashing Briana. Tough guy, huh?

2575 days ago

Merry Christmas    

Note to Briana - go back to school. Please!

2575 days ago


Channing's reaction to this was very classy.

2575 days ago


R.O.F.L.M.F.A.O. at #12!!!! Steve, you rock. Apparently Briana's (nice prostitute/ drag queen name by the way) parents raised a rude little C U Next Tuesday who doesn't have any respect for anyone let alone her elders. The best part of her ran down.......well you know the rest.

2575 days ago

Spell Check.    

Screw the Smithsonian!
I'll be exhibiting the dress at the Simpsonian!

2575 days ago

reality bites    

nice glasses!

2575 days ago


WTF Briana. Youse an i-dot. Hows would yer friend knows what tuner fish in a dump-ster smeels like. Does they eat it fer lunch. Give old people a break.

2575 days ago

reality bites    

It looks like OJ!!! I bet HE DID IT!!! Apparently he was on a roll yesterday!

2575 days ago


Wow, who in the world would spew such venom at poor Carol Channing? What the eff did she ever do to you, briana? Is briana the thief's sister or something?

Seriously, Carol Channing is THE lady. She has done some ditzy things, but never anything offensive, unladylike, etc... she is a role model for all the Hollywood skanks that seem to think they're above basic manners.

2575 days ago


Hey Mike, It looks like we're the only ones who think Briana is classless. She sounds like Anna Nicole on a bad day. BTW kill_all_paparazzi I am not a bad ass I just tell it the way it is.

2575 days ago


Good Lord people! If you can't spell, move away from the keyboard slowly!

2575 days ago

Stephanie Goldmin    

Please people this site is not here to bash the people leaving comments
Carol is just using tmz.
No one wold steal her trash
And yes SHE should be in the smithsonian! Cant ebelive i didnt thin of that my self ! props to yall!
I think that her genitals should be taxeadermied and placed in a glass box for all to see as the smell would prolly kill you alll!!!
chang chang chang chnag chnag chnag chnag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CHANG!

2575 days ago


The Smithsonian is sad for wanting that dress. It should make 4 a fine piece of fabric to wash the floors with!

2575 days ago
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