Seeing Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! next week — can't wait.
I've never even seen this show, nor have I ever seen the movie. I know, I know. There are some holes in my gay past. I did know about the show as a kid, thanks to this:
I'm particularly interested at this time, having finished Carleton Carpenter's excellent autobiography, in which he recalls touring with the show opposite Mary Martin (whom he loved) and Ginger Rogers (seemingly, less so).
That got me thinking about all the women who've played Dolly. With a hat tip to Richard Skipper's invaluable Call on Dolly ...
Other famous broads who've bought Dolly to life:
Yvonne De Carlo
Nonnie Griffin (no pic)
Ann Sothern (no pic)
Barbra Streisand (pictured above)
... and, of course, Miss Carol Channing, who recently turned 96.