Stockard Channing

Stockard Channing is an award-winning American actress best known for her roles in Grease (1978), Six Degrees of Separation (1993) and The West Wing (2002).

Who Is Stockard Channing?

Stockard Channing is a film, theater and television actress who was born on February 13, 1944, in New York City. She memorably played Rizzo in the film adaptation of the musical Grease (1978). After a lull in her career, Channing made a comeback with her Oscar-nominated performance in the film Six Degrees of Separation (1993). Channing also won Emmys for roles in The West Wing (2002) and The Matthew Shepard Story (2002).

Movies and TV Shows


In 1971 Channing made her feature film debut in The Hospital. Her first major film role came two years later when she starred in The Fortune with Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. And in 1978, she landed the memorable supporting role of Rizzo, one of the Pink Ladies in the film adaptation of the musical Grease. Throughout the 1970s, she continued to make appearances on television, and even starred in two short-lived sitcoms: Stockard Channing in Just Friends and The Stockard Channing Show.

'Six Degrees of Separation'

By 1980, with her film career at a standstill, Channing turned her energies once again to theater, although she managed to star in notable films like Heartburn (1986), opposite Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. She made her comeback in 1993 when she was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her performance as a formidable Upper East Side matron in Six Degrees of Separation; she also won a Tony nomination when she performed the role on stage. Throughout the 1990s she continued working on stage and film, the latter including the drama Up Close and Personal (1996) and the beloved witch flick Practical Magic (1996), alongside Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. 

'The West Wing,' 'The Matthew Shepard Story'

In 1999 she joined the cast of NBC's political drama The West Wing. Her portrayal of First Lady Abby Bartlett earned her an Emmy award in 2002. That same year, she won an Emmy for her supporting role in the television movie The Matthew Shepard Story. In 2003 she also found time to work with Woody Allen on the big screen with the rom-com Anything Else before returning to television with the movie Jack, from which she'd win yet another Emmy.

Starting in 2012, Channing would have a recurring role in CBS' The Good Wife as character Veronica Loy. 

Personal Life

Channing has been married and divorced four times: to business executive Walter Channing Jr. from 1963 to 1967; to actor Paul Schmidt from 1970 to 1976; to screenwriter David Debin from 1976 to 1980; and to businessman David Rawle from 1980 to 1988. She is currently seeing gaffer and director of photography Daniel Gillham.

Early Life and Career

The daughter of a shipping magnate, Susan Williams Antonia Stockard was born on February 13, 1944 in New York City. Channing's acting career has been marked by incredible highs and lows. She attended Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she majored in American history and literature and graduated summa cum laude in 1965. After graduation, she joined Boston's experimental Theater Company. Her first break came in a starring role in a Los Angeles production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, but true recognition didn't arrive until 1985, when she won a Tony for her Broadway performance in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

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