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Carol Channing Bombshells

Comedienne Carol Channing as a la bombshell Marilyn Monroe in this vintage photograph by Wallace Seawell.

According to the seller of this * x 10 photograph:

Along with being one of the all time great celebrity portraitists of Hollywood, Seawell is remembered for his involvement in the acrid divorce between Channing and her 2nd husband Charles Lowe. In the divorce, Channing alleged that Lowe spent a great deal of money on Seawell, who lived with the couple in an intimate relationship with Lowe. This photograph obviously predates that falling out by a good many years, and captures the exuberant, irrepressible spirit of Channing (which is now being celebrated in the documentary Larger than Life)

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When Channing filed for divorce from Lowe in 1998:

Channing has hired divorce-lawyer-to-the-stars Neal Raymond Hersh, who filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court to end what Channing describes as a passionless marriage. She is asking the court to give her control of her finances and claims that Lowe is spending “like a drunken sailor.” She also asked the court to force Lowe, who is her business manager, to account for every penny spent during their union.

Channing, 77, says her husband’s true loyalties became painfully clear to her last year, when Seawell allegedly hit her over the head with an antique porcelain vase. Her husband told her to apologize to Seawell, Channing says.

Meanwhile, she says, Lowe has been abusive toward her, often snapping, “Oh, shut up” and “What do you want?” When he holds on to her arm in public, she says, he pinches her–hard enough to leave bruises.

They had sex only “once or twice” during the first months of their marriage, Channing says.

Even if this photo was taken decades earlier, it’s a wonder she could smile in this photo at all with all that tension and unhappiness. Lowe died a year later, leaving Channing the last, bitter, laugh.

Also in that article:

Seawell, Channing contends, lives in a $3-million mansion furnished with an additional $2 million worth of antiques collected during jaunts around the globe. She suspects that she has paid for some of those trips.

Here’s some info on Seawell’s house that Channing furnished, if not built.

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