Hello, Dolly! (1964).
Jo Ann Worley | JoAnne Worley | Joanne Worley
5' 8" (1.73 m)
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They [managers/agents] always say you have to do a departure role because I guess people are just curious to know whether you are really crazy or not. So I've done departure roles on television & they're just boring. It's just like a plane crashes into the ocean & you're tattered & covered with oil, gasping for breath, almost dying. I'd rather make people laugh than crawl through the sand.
At the recommendation of Gower Champion
, she was picked to be Carol Channing
's standby in the original 1964 Broadway production of "Hello Dolly!" Channing, unfortunately, was known for never missing a performance. Jo Anne later played the title role on the road.
The catchphrase, "Was that a chicken joke?"