Stockard Channing

Actress
Actress Stockard Channing's deceptively uneven film rsum belied the award-winning performer's exceptionally prolific and successful career on both stage and television. After a few brief appearances in feature films ... Read more »
Born: 02/12/1944 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (101)

The Good Wife 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pulling Strings 2013 (Movie)

Virginia (Actor)

Kennedys' Home Movies 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Narrator

Multiple Sarcasms 2010 (Movie)

Pamela (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cleveland Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

King of the Hill 1996 - 1997, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Meerkat Manor 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Nova 1994 - 1997, 2004 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Narrator

The West Wing 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moving Image Salutes Will Smith 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Sparkle 2007 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

3 Needles 2006 (Movie)

Olive, the Porn Actor's Mother (Actor)

Out of Practice 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Must Love Dogs 2005 (Movie)

Dolly (Actor)

Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

Mrs Melrose Ape (Actor)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Home of the Brave 2004 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Jack 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Anything Else 2003 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

Le Divorce 2003 (Movie)

Margeeve Walker (Actor)

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Inside the Actors Studio 2002 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Life or Something Like It 2002 (Movie)

Deborah Connors (Actor)

Pearl Harbor: The Death of the U.S.S. Arizona 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Walking With Prehistoric Beasts 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet the Pandas: Washington's New Power Couple 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Only a Teacher 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Business of Strangers 2001 (Movie)

Julie Styron (Actor)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

Florence Maybelle (Actor)

Obsession With Orchids 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Where the Heart Is 2000 (Movie)

Sister Husband (Actor)

Other Voices 1999 (Movie)

Dr Grover (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

An Unexpected Life 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway 98: Launching the Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Practical Magic 1998 (Movie)

Aunt Frances (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Venice Project 1998 (Movie)

Chandra Chase (Actor)

Twilight 1998 (Movie)

Verna (Actor)

Avonlea 1989 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Lily Dale 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Moll Flanders 1996 (Movie)

Mrs Allworthy (Actor)

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

Cynthia Swann Griffin (Actor)

Up Close and Personal 1996 (Movie)

Marcia McGrath (Actor)

Smoke 1995 (Movie)

Ruby McNutt (Actor)

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 1995 (Movie)

Carol Ann (Actor)

The 15th Annual CableACE Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Married to It 1993 (Movie)

Iris Morden (Actor)

Six Degrees of Separation 1993 (Movie)

Ouisa Kittredge (Actor)

Meet the Applegates 1991 (Movie)

Jane Applegate (Actor)

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sad Professor 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Staying Together 1989 (Movie)

Nancy Trainer (Actor)

A Time of Destiny 1988 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

The Men's Club 1986 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Safari 3000 1984 (Movie)

J J Dalton (Actor)

Without a Trace 1983 (Movie)

Jocelyn Norris (Actor)

The Eddie Rabbitt Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stockard Channing Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Friends 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979 (Movie)

Mona Mondieu (Actor)

Grease 1978 (Movie)

Rizzo (Actor)

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

Bess (Actor)

Lucan 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Dandy, the All American Girl 1975 (Movie)

Dandy Cochran/Vurrla 'Vee' Kowsky/Jenny Maxwell (Actor)

The Big Bus 1975 (Movie)

Kitty Baxter (Actor)

The Fortune 1975 (Movie)

Freddie (Actor)

The Girl Most Likely To... 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Up the Sandbox 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hospital 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Girl Thing (TV Show)

Actor

An Unexpected Family (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Red Door (TV Show)

Actor

David's Mother (TV Show)

Actor

Echoes in the Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Edie & Pen (TV Show)

Actor

Hitler: The Rise of Evil (TV Show)

Actor

Not My Kid (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Witness (TV Show)

Actor

Sundays at Tiffany's (TV Show)

Actor

The Baby Dance (TV Show)

Actor

The Matthew Shepard Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Piano Man's Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

The Prosecutors (TV Show)

Actor

The Room Upstairs (TV Show)

Actor

The Truth About Jane (TV Show)

Actor

Through Deaf Eyes (TV Show)

Narrator

Tidy Endings (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Anything Else 2003 (Movie)

("There'll Be Another Spring") (Song Performer)

Grease 1978 (Movie)

("There Are Worse Things I Could Do") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

The Joy of Funerals (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

The Joy of Funerals (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Actress Stockard Channing's deceptively uneven film résumé belied the award-winning performer's exceptionally prolific and successful career on both stage and television. After a few brief appearances in feature films, Channing won what should have been the role of a lifetime opposite movie icons Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson in the Mike Nichols comedy "The Fortune" (1975). But when that film - as well as the next few she appeared in - were commercial busts, her nascent movie career was already in decline. That is, until Channing was cast in the role of the bad-girl with a heart-of-gold, Rizzo, in the smash musical "Grease" (1978). The rollercoaster ride continued, however, when two television series met ignominious ends, and feature efforts like "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh" (1979) were met with disdain. It was at this point that Channing returned to the stage and enjoyed a series of indisputable successes, with turns in "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" in 1985, for which she won a Tony Award. Channing was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the film "Six Degrees of Separation" (1993), an adaptation of the play she had starred in three years prior. More recognition came Channing's way when she played First Lady Abigail Bartlet to Martin Sheen's U.S. President on the hit political drama "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). The actresses' initial appearance on the show proved so popular that producers quickly added her to the regular cast. It was a wise decision, as Channing went on to receive several Emmy nominations for the role, winning in 2002. As the decade drew to a close, Channing remained one of the most active - and most welcome - presences in film and on stage and television.

Relationships

Walter Channing

Husband

David Debin Producer

Husband
Debin produced "The Stockard Channing Show" (CBS) in 1980

Daniel Gillham

Companion
Met in 1986 on the set of "A Time of Destiny" (1988) have been together since 1988

David Rawle

Husband

Paul Schmidt Producer

Husband

Lesly Smith

Sister
Was the mayor of Palm Beach from 2000-2005

Lester Stockard

Father

Mary Stockard

Mother

EDUCATION

Radcliffe College

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1965
Graduated summa cum laude

Radcliffe College

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1965
Graduated summa cum laude

Chapin School

New York , New York
A private school for girls

The Madeira School

McLean , Virginia
A private boarding school for girls

Milestones

2011

Co-starred with Rachel Griffiths, Stacy Keach, and Judith Light in the critically acclaimed play "Other Desert Cities" on Broadway

2010

Returned to the stage, playing Lady Bracknell in Rough Magic Theatre Company’s production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"

2008

Returned to Broadway for the musical "Pal Joey"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical

2008

Narrated the Animal Planet hit series "Meerkat Manor"

2006

Earned an Emmy nomination for the short-lived CBS series "Out of Practice"

2006

Co-starred in "3 Needles," one of three short stories about the global HIV pandemic directed by Thom Fitzgerald

2005

Cast opposite Diane Lane and Christopher Plummer in "Must Love Dogs"

2002

Played Cinderella's stepmother in the revisionist ABC movie "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister"

2002

Portrayed Judy Shepard in the NBC movie "The Matthew Shepard Story"

2001

Cast as a psychiatrist in the Showtime miniseries "A Girl Thing"

1999

Joined the cast of NBC's political drama "The West Wing" in the recurring role of the First Lady; role made regular as of 2001; received Emmy (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005) and SAG (2004) nominations for Best Supporting Actress

1999

Portrayed Eleanor of Aquitaine opposite Laurence Fishburne's King Henry II in the Broadway revival of "The Lion in Winter"; received Tony nomination

1998

Reprised role of Barbara Whitney in the sequel "An Unexpected Life" (USA Network)

1998

Portrayed Rachel Luckman in the Showtime movie "The Baby Dance"; received fifth career Emmy nomination

1998

Played the former lover of Paul Newman in "Twilight"

1997

Returned to Broadway starring in the Lincoln Center revival of "The Little Foxes"

1996

Landed cameo role as the wife whose suicide brings together the members (including Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn) of "The First Wives Club"

1996

Played one of the title roles in the HBO movie, "Edie & Pen"

1996

Starred as Barbara Whitney in the acclaimed USA Network film "An Unexpected Family"; earned fourth Emmy nomination

1995

Returned to Lincoln Center to appear in the off-Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's "Hapgood"

1995

Played Harvey Keitel's old flame Ruby in Wayne Wang's "Smoke"

1995

Appeared as an abused wife who befriends three drag queens in "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar"

1993

Reprised role of Ouisa Kittredge for the film version of "Six Degrees of Separation"; received first Best Actress Oscar nomination

1993

Garnered third Emmy nomination for her guest role as a minister's wife in the Disney Channel series "Avonlea"

1992

Acted in Guare's "Four Baboons Adoring the Sun" at the Lincoln Center Theater

1990

Won acclaim for her performance as Ouisa Kittredge in Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation"; appeared in both the off and on Broadway productions

1989

Received second Emmy nomination for her supporting role in the "Perfect Witness" (HBO)

1987

Earned an Emmy nomination for her supporting role in "Echoes in the Darkness" (CBS)

1986

Re-teamed with Nicholson and Nichols for the film "Heartburn"

1986

Played Bunny Flingus in John Guare's "House of Blue Leaves"; earned a Tony nomination for Featured Actress in a Play

1985

Won a Tony for reprising the role of Sheila in "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" on Broadway

1984

Succeeded Liza Minnelli in the Kander and Ebb musical "The Rink" on Broadway

1982

Played Sheila the distraught mother in the Connecticut stage production of "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg"

1980

Returned to series TV for the short-lived "The Stockard Channing Show" (CBS)

1979

Starred in first TV series "Stockard Channing in Just Friends" (CBS)

1979

Played the title role in the true-life CBS movie "Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story"

1978

Landed the memorable role of Rizzo, leader of the Pink Ladies, in the film adaptation of the musical "Grease"

1976

Performed in the Los Angeles stage production of "Vanities" with Sandy Duncan and Lucie Arnaz

1975

Co-starred with Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson in Mike Nichols' "The Fortune"

1973

First lead role, the television movie "The Girl Most Likely to..." (ABC) written by Joan Rivers

1970

Delivered only one line as a nurse in her first film "The Hospital"

1970

Made Broadway debut in "Two Gentlemen of Verona"; first association with playwright John Guare

1968

Made off-Broadway debut with Theatre Company of Boston in "Adaptation/Next"

1966

Became a member of the Theater Company of Boston; first professional appearance in "The Investigation"

First stage appearance as Pirate Jenny in the Harvard University production of "The Threepenny Opera"

Bonus Trivia

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"What I love about the theater is the moment of absolute solitude you have in the dark. You're going to walk out of the dark into the light. And something's going to happen." – Channing quoted in New York magazine, Oct. 22, 1990

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"I was brought up in a very conventional background to be the sort of woman who marries some guy with money and has the house and the kids in prep schools and lives this very protected life. On the other hand, I went off and joined the circus." – Channing quoted in The New York Times, March 6, 1994

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"I never went to drama school or anything. I just started working on the stage and learning from experience. I don't think I was always very good. I didn't have mentors; I could have used a couple. But you have to respect every possible way that performers achieve what they achieve. All that matters is what's on the stage – telling the story, moving people, making them laugh. That's what the job is. I don't care if it's about the hat you wear, or if you have to drink a bottle of Scotch to do it. Everyone should have their own thing, and how they get there is their own problem to solve. I do think there is snobbery about this." – Channing quoted in InTheater magazine, April 12, 1999

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"Stockard never has a complaint, never makes excuses, never frets about age or shape or typecasting or anything of that nature. She's just a classic dame, a great broad." – Channing's "The West Wing" co-star Martin Sheen to TV Guide magazine, March 15-22, 2002

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On Dec. 14, 2004, Channing was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after being stopped while driving on the shoulder of the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. In 2005, she plead no contest to driving under the influence. Channing was fined $390, given three years probation, and ordered to attend an alcohol education class.

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