Carol Channing, the legendary star of Broadway’s original Hello, Dolly! and LGBT icon, will celebrate her 91st birthday at the end of this month. In an interview with Broadway World last year, Channing couldn’t nail down one high point in her career (“every single performance was the high point”), and those who saw her onstage would no doubt agree that she never failed to light up the theater, particularly as blonde bombshell Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. At 90, Channing still has a lucid memory of her career low point: “It was when I didn’t get cast in the movie version of Hello, Dolly! ... I was told that Barbra Streisand was doing the film. I remember walking over to the window and thinking, ‘If I could lean out a little further, this pain would be all over.’” Despite losing Hello, Dolly! to Streisand, Channing had her moment in the Hollywood sun in 1967’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she earned an Oscar nod. Now she’s dedicating her life to making sure that the arts are an integral part of school curriculums.