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Why Carol Channing was a Dolly for all seasons

LOS ANGELES - How old is Dolly Gallagher Levi? The question arises whenever "Hello, Dolly!" is performed. The character is described in Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," the basis of the musical's book, as a woman of an "uncertain age."

That provides a lot of casting leeway. Barbra Streisand was only 25 when she starred in

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