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Channing told CNN's Larry King in 2002 that she was proud of her mixed heritage.
Below, here are the Channing's most memorable moments. The actress is best known for starring in the 1949 production Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She was a "Dolly" for the ages, and a true icon of the American theater.
Channing had her own number in Millie: Jazz Baby, a 1919 hit that opens "My daddy was a ragtime trombone player", which perfectly showcased her genius for the comedy slide - a gift of her vocal range - and even more her delivery.
The broadway show picked 10 Tony awards, including one for Channing as best actress in a musical.
The news was confirmed in a statement by her publicist B Harlan Boll to Broadway World.
Veteran actress Bernadette Peters said Channing "was show business and love personified" and Margaret Cho said "you will forever be missed".
Broadway continued to be her showcase, and she had another big hit in 1964 as Dolly Gallagher Levi in "Hello Dolly!".
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Muzzy is best remembered for the now iconic line, "Raspberries", which has become synonymous with Channing ever since. Voicing herself on Family Guy (2006)5. All went well until the end, when the two fittingly flubbed the lyrics. The White Queen in the TV special Alice in Wonderland (1985)3.
She appeared in other shows in the interim, but 15 years later, she would take on the role that defined her career - the title character, a matchmaker, in Hello, Dolly.
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The lead role in Hello Dolly would also earn Bette Midler a Tony Award in 2017.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' annual Gypsy of the Year competition, which celebrates two months of curtain-call fundraising by the Broadway community, kicked off its 22nd evening with a tribute to a then 87-year-old Channing. His idea was that Channing could play the maid, Sabina (who is also a vamp), while doubling as the everywoman housewife Mrs Antrobus.
Publicist B. Harlan Boll, who confirmed her death to USA TODAY, said the actress died of natural causes after suffering two strokes a year ago.
Her publicist said it was with "extreme heartache" that he announced "the passing of an original industry pioneer, legend and icon". "I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped ... or fell rather ... into my life".