Every time I hear or read anything about Caitlyn Jenner, the first thing I think of is Can't Stop the Music. That's the disco movie extravaganza in which Olympic gold medal winner and Wheaties cover boy Bruce Jenner played their first, and last, film acting role.
For every progressive film or TV show made, there are at least a dozen more undoing its positive influence. One can watch an early '60s flick like Lover Come Back and find almost the same character attributes to females in a movie like The Other Woman, released this past April.
The truth is that proficient as she may be, Megan Hilty lacks the whatever-it-is -- the je ne sais quoi -- that Channing and Monroe had that made Lorelei such a forceful, such an unforgettable presence.
By the time Channing headed out onto the runway that circled the orchestra pit for her curtain call and waved to the people in the balcony, I was ready to jump over the rail right into her arms.
I was hardly alone.
She's a nonagenarian who, when dressed in black, looks a little like a bobble-head with a pipe-cleaner body. But, at the age of 91, entertainer Carol Channing has amazing energy and a rare spirit for life.