She played Dolly Levi more than 5,000 times and rarely missed a performance. Over the years, she reportedly performed the show with her arm in a sling, a patch over her eye and even with her foot in a cast.

“Performing is the only excuse for my existence,” she told the Times in 1995. “What can be better than this?”

NYTimes, January 15, 2018

Carol Channing, 1921-2019, actress