In an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, Bette Midler opens up about meeting with Carol Channing to prepare for her starring role in a Broadway reboot of Hello, Dolly!
â€œChanning was absolutely extraordinary,â€ Bette, 70, told Closer at the New York Restoration Projectâ€™s spring picnic. â€œI drove down to her ranch. It took me three hours and it was worth every single minute.â€
Over the course of their three-hour meeting, Carol, who is still vibrant at 95, told humorous stories about her time on Dolly. â€œCarol recalled how the costume person would dry her wigs in the same oven where their dinner was cooked â€” as a result the wigs gave off a horrible fish stench,â€ a closer friend of Carolâ€™s tells Closer. â€œBette was in hysterics!â€
â€œShe told me stories about the inception of the show Hello, Dolly!,â€ Bette reveals to Closer. â€œThey were two years on the road creating this piece.â€
The two leading ladies even sang a little together. â€œThey were singing and humming a song together that Carolâ€™s dad sang to her when she was a little girl,â€ confides the friend. â€œIt was a really touching moment.â€
â€œCarol told Bette that she thinks she will be fabulous in the role,â€ the friend tells Closer. â€œIt was definitely a lovefest between the two. These two women greatly admire each other.â€