NEW YORK (AP) — Carol Channing, the lanky, ebullient musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly! " on Broadway and beyond, has died. She was 97. Publicist B. Harlan Boll said Channing died of natural causes at 12:31 a. m. Tuesday in Rancho Mirage, California. Boll says she had twice suffered strokes in the last year. Besides "Hello, Dolly! ," Channing starred in other Broadway shows, but none with equal magnetism.