Sharing her birthday with Tallulah Bankhead, Franz Schubert, Mario Lanza, Jean Simmons, Johnny Rotten, Norman Mailer, Lloyd Cole, Anna Pavlova, Justin Timberlake, Derek Jarman, Minnie Driver, (the former) Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Philip Glass (80 today), it is - needless to say - our beloved Patron Saint Carol Channing who we choose to take centre stage today...
At 96 years old she is, remarkably, still the subject of rumours - the latest being that Bette Midler wants Miss Channing to do some matinees when the Divine Miss M brings her revival of Hello, Dolly! to Broadway this year. People pooh-pooh the idea, but stranger things have happened - after all, it is only four years since she was on stage with another "bombshell", Justin Vivian Bond!
And here, by way of an "audition" - or maybe just to show Miss Midler how it should be done - is the lady herself...
Oh, hello Dolly, well, hello DollyMany happy returns, Carol Elaine Channing (born 31st January 1921)
It's so nice to have you back where you belong
You're lookin' swell, Dolly, I can tell, Dolly
You're still glowin', you're still crowin', you're still goin' strong
We feel the room swayin' while the band's playin'
One of your old favourite songs from way back when
So, take her wrap fellas, find her an empty lap, fellas
Dolly won't never ever go away again