Chan Carson is the proud son of beloved Broadway star, Carol Channing –who died age 97 of natural causes at her home in California.
Chan’s mother spent decades using her wide smile and exuberant voice to entertain audiences. The actress, singer, dancer and comedian born Carol Elaine Channing on January 31, 1921 –was best known for her role of Dolly Gallagher Levi on Hello, Dolly! –the 1964 part won her a Tony for her performance.
Over her years in show business, she appeared in everything from Broadway masterpieces to television and film to Super Bowl halftime shows. In fact, Carol was the first Super Bowl performer; when in the 1960s, she came out to sing “When the Saints Go Marching In” in the middle of 1970’s Super Bowl IV.
Carol, a true industry pioneer, went on to receive a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Channing received a lifetime achievement award at the Tony’s in 1995 after a Broadway career of over 40 years.
Carol who was married a four times in her lifetime is survived by her only child, son, Channing Carson.
Channing was born in 1953, to Carol and her second husband, Alexander Carson. The native New Yorker who also goes by ‘Chan Lowe’ –after taking the surname of her mother’s third husband – attended Williams College, graduating in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also studied at Smith College and Stanford University.
He is a syndicated editorial cartoonist and political blogger who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Chan Lowe’s work has won several awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award in 1992, and second place in the 1996 John Fischetti Competition. In 2000, he was awarded The National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award.
Between 1984 and 2015, Lowe was a senior member of the editorial board of the Sun Sentinel. Lowe previously was a cartoonist for the Shawnee News-Star in Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Times. According to his LinkedIn, he also serves as an adjunct instructor at Williams College and is the current deputy editorial page editor of The Eagle.