Carol Channing is a Broadway star with a raspy, often imitated voice and extravagant style who has been described as Ethel Merman, "only more so." She began performing in grade school, with spot-on impressions of her teachers that landed young Channing in the principal's office. In high school she competed on the debating team, and won a statewide speaking contest with her presentation on "What America Means to Me".
Gene Tierney. Acclaimed as one of the great beauties of her day. By 1953, Tierney's mental health problems were becoming harder for her to hide; she dropped out of Mogambo and was replaced by Grace Kelly. She suffered a life of mental illness and the tragic loss of her Daughter having contracted rubella while pregnant. She died in 1991 of emphysema aged 70.