Dolly Levi is the main protagonist of the 1969 film Hello, Dolly! who was portrayed by Barbra Streisand. As a matchmaker who lives in New York City in 1890, Dolly embraces life with energy and determination, meddling in everyone’s lives – mostly to their benefit. Employed by the successful half-a-millionaire and even more notorious grouch, Horace Vandergelder, she is also involved in any number of sidelines, including mandolin and dance lessons. Interested in almost anything, Dolly is the kind of person who thinks things are best done if done by her. Her specialty is romance and during the film, she works on setting up at least five people, not including herself. As she puts it, “Mr. Kemper, everything concerns Dolly Levi!”
As a widowed matchmaker, she purses Horace who hires her to find another woman, but Dolly is smart enough to ensure that the only woman Horace ends up with is her. However, she struggles with getting Horace to fall in love with her and making sure everyone else’s lives work out too. Dolly takes responsibility for the happiness of the people she meddles with, so she has to make sure she doesn't trip over all the strings that she is pulling. Charming, funny, and full of life, Dolly has a witty response to everything and excels at conversation. “Can’t” is not a word in her vocabulary, and she has a response to every kind of obstacle.