Channing, 82, and Harry Kullijian, 83, were married Saturday. One of his friends noticed earlier this year that she had mentioned her one-time beau in her autobiography "Just Lucky, I Guess."
Kullijian's pal urged him to contact Channing, best known for her role in Broadway's "Hello, Dolly" and her rendition of the song "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend."
"You've got to call Carol tomorrow, Jan. 31," Kullijian's friend Mervin Morris told him. "It's her birthday."
"Call Carol?" Kullijian said, recalling his response. "I thought she was dead."
Channing certainly wasn't dead, and neither were her feelings for Kullijian. The two picked up where they'd left off decades earlier and were soon engaged.
It was the second marriage for Kullijian, whose wife died last year, and the fourth for Channing.
The ceremony took place at Morris' home in Atherton. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Ron Blanc, who said Channing was delighted.
"She told me this is the dream of a lifetime," Blanc said. "I call this a storybook affair."