Broadway legend Carol Channing, 92, invites Closer into her Palm Springs house, giving an exclusive look inside the cozy retreat she finally calls home after a lifetime spent on the road.
“I’ve traveled so much with my cabarets and other shows that I’ve spent most of my life in hotels!” she tells Closer.
“Even in New York, we practically lived at the Regency or the Waldorf. This is the first one that truly belongs to me.”
In 2011, Carol moved to Palm Springs from the Modesto, Calif., home she shared with fourth husband (and junior high school sweetheart) Harry Kullijian, who passed away that year.
“I wanted to be close to my family,” she says, who included her late cousin Richard “Dickie” Long, who took care of her as a child, and his wife, Sylvia.
And in just a short time, she’s put her own special touch on the house. “I like to express myself, and that translates to the house. Everything here clearly expresses my life.”
The dining room has a large display hutch with Carol’s memorabilia — and a handblown glass chandelier! She adds, “Al Hirschfeld’s art is key to the decor. Everywhere you turn, his influence is there.”
Carol says she rarely uses the kitchen but often hosts neighbors, like fellow Broadway star Kaye Ballard, or guests from out of town, like Chita Rivera and Debbie Reynolds.
“We sit in the living room, so it’s important that they feel comfortable,” she says.
Carol hits the road again this month to discuss the 50th anniversary of "Hello, Dolly!" and many of her other roles at NYC’s Town Hall.