Carol Channing

Carol Channing at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Gotta Dance'. Lin

Birth Name: Carol Elaine Channing

Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 31, 1921

*75% German
*25% African-American

Carol Channing is an American actress, comedian, singer, and dancer. She is the daughter of Carol Adelaide (Glaser) and George Channing (born George Christian Stucker).

Carol’s paternal grandfather was of German descent, while Carol’s paternal grandmother was African-American. Carol’s mother’s family is German. Carol was not told about her African-American ancestry until her teenage years. It appears that Carol first publicly stated that she is of part black ancestry in 2002, when her autobiography, Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts, was published.

Carol has a son with her former husband, Canadian football player Alex Carson.

Carol’s paternal grandparents were George Stucker (the son of Henry Stucker) and Clara Page. George was born in Georgia, to German parents. Clara was born in Georgia, and was African-American.

Carol’s maternal grandparents were Otto Glaser and Paulina/Pauline Ottmann (the daughter of Henry Ottman/Ottmann and Adelaide Wilzbacher). Otto was German. Paulina was born in Illinois, to German parents (her father was born in Stuttgardt, Württemberg and her mother was born in Bayern). Adelaide was evidently the daughter of Adam Wilzbacher and Marguerite.

Sources: Carol Channing on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Carol’s father on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Carol’s maternal grandmother, Paulina/Pauline (Ottmann) Glaser, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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8 Responses

  1. madman says:

    *75% German
    *25% African American

  2. Capricious says:

    Looks like a Sicilian clown.

  3. cwm85 says:

    She’s like 75 percent European. She’s basically white.

  4. neiltennant says:

    another proof that the ONE DROP THEORY is not right

    i looked up dozens of fotos of her and on every pic she looks white and there is no sign of that she might have some african american

  5. passingtime85 says:


    In the documentary Carol Channing:Larger Than Life, Carol stated that her mother Adelaide Glaser was born Jewish. No idea how true it is though.

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