When Carol Channing passed away at the age of 97 last January, her publicist, B. Harlan Boll, and a group of her associates set about fulfilling her dying wish — that her cremains be sprinkled in the alley between the Curran and Geary theaters in San Francisco. She had been raised in that area and saw her first theatrical production at the Curran, so the connection was natural.
Wikipedia and other sources are reporting that this process has been completed and Channing’s ashes have been scattered between the two theaters. This is not true.
Channing’s cremains are being stored in her last place of residence, Palm Springs. The process of securing appropriate paperwork and signatures has been lengthy, but the goal is to place Channing’s cremains in a time capsule and bury it between the two theaters on what would have been her 100th birthday, January 31, 2021. At that time, Dolly will finally be back home where she belongs.
Trivia fact: Carol Channing was the first performer featured in a Super Bowl halftime show.
Here is our blog on the whole subject: https://blog.martinoakscemeteryandcrematory.com/carol-channing-and-her-dying-wish/