Stockard Channing
American film, stage and television actress
Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing is a three-time Emmy and one-time Tony Award winning American stage, film and television actress. She is known for her portrayal of First Lady Abbey Bartlet in the NBC television series The West Wing; for playing Betty Rizzo in the film Grease; and for her role as Ouisa Kittredge in the play Six Degrees of Separation and its later film version.
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Vanessa Hudgens Reaches Out To Fans After 'Grease: Live' And Father's Death
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Vanessa Hudgens wants to thank you.  The former Disney star received an outpouring of support after announcing her father's death on Twitter ahead of her "Grease: Live" performance Sunday, and made sure to extend her deepest gratitude to her many fans in a message posted Monday night.  Hudgens took the stage in Fox's live, televised production of "Grease" only hours after her father, Greg, died. Her performance as the pinkest of pink ladies, Betty Rizzo, earned Hudgens some of the best reviews of her career, and no doubt contributed to making the production the most successful TV musical since 2013's "The Sound of Music." "I can't believe @gogrease is OVER! Grand opening and grand closing. Thank you to everyone who watched & supported me last night. Doing #greaselive was one of the most incredible experiences and I'm so glad you guys liked it as much as I did. Till next time Rizz ... #pinkladyforlife," she captioned a photo from her stirring rendition of "There Are Wors ...
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The Tragic Flaw of 'Grease: Live'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
After watching Fox's Grease: Live on Sunday night, I would like to send a message to any cast member of the production if they ever stumble across this blog. It wasn't your fault. I saw the payoff of all the time and energy you put in. You're tremendously talented. The singing and dancing was as good as it gets. The fact that I didn't like the overall presentation isn't your responsibility in the least. The fault for the complete blunder that was Grease: Live rests solely with the producers, and for one reason only: the completely bone-headed decision to include, and outright remake, scenes from the 1978 movie. This interpretation couldn't decide if it wanted to be a broadcast of a live stage show, or a shot-for-shot remake of a movie. I was 8 years old when Grease was first in theaters. The movie holds a magical place in my heart and soul like most movies I saw around the time I was that age do. So, it would be super easy for me to sit here, be a complete bitch and say ...
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How 'Grease' Dealt With Its Obviously Non-Teenage Stars
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Twenty-something actors playing high school characters seems like a staple of the modern TV landscape. But even before the teen soap boom brought us "Dawson's Creek" and "Pretty Little Liars," some fully adult actors took on the adolescent experience in the 1978 film "Grease."  With Fox's production of "Grease: Live!" only a few days away, Vanity Fair took an extensive look back at the unlikely success of the original film, touching on how the production handled its casting of 20- and 30-something stars to play high school students. The film's director, Randal Kleiser, told Vanity Fair that he administered a "crow's-feet test" during auditions. "I would get up close to them and see if they had any crow’s-feet around their eyes, and that would show they were beyond the surreal age that we had determined would work,” he said. “High-school kids could not have crow’s-feet.” “Allan [Carr, a producer] showed up on the set with a brown pencil and started dotting freckles on my n ...
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'The Good Wife' recap: Romance, bribery and a little GHB
LATimes - over 1 year
"The Good Wife" cooks up a little alphabet soup with the FBI, GHB and a dash of TV. Alicia defends a designer drug manufacturer who turns out to be a lot more than she pleads for, and the mothers see some action as Alicia and her mom Veronica (the brilliantly funny Stockard Channing) destroy a...
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'The Good Wife' 100th Episode Exclusive Preview
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"The Good Wife" is celebrating its 100th episode with a big bash. In "The Decision Tree," Florrick/Agos & Associates throws a rockin' holiday party. Its guests include Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Nothh), political strategist Donna Brazile (as herself) and drug kingpin Lemond Bishop (Mike Colter). That won't be awkward at all ... Stockard Channing also returns as Veronica, Alicia's mother, and in the promo above she has quite the interaction with Jackie to get you ready for your own awkward family run-ins. The 100th episode also brings back Nathan Lane as Clarke Hayden, John Noble as Matthew Ashbaugh and introduces Jordana Spiro as Det. Jenna Villette. The official description: “The Decision Tree” – Alicia is shocked to learn that a former client bequeathed her millions, but Lockhart/Gardner quickly contests the will on behalf of the deceased’s wife. Meanwhile, Diane asks Kalinda to look into Damian’s background. Also, Eli and Marilyn are concerned about Peter being see ...
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'The Good Wife' recap: Can You Hear Me Now?
Entertainment Weekly - over 3 years
Lockhart/Garder sues the NSA on behalf of Chumhum; Stockard Channing returns as Alicia's mom
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Review: The mariachi-flavored 'Pulling Strings' a fun little number
LATimes - over 3 years
Adventure, romance and singing give this Mexico City-set film an appealingly loose charm. A vehicle for Jaime Camil in Spanish and English, it also features a scene-stealing Stockard Channing. Hot on the heels of the surprise success of "Instructions Not Included," which quickly became the all-time highest-grossing Spanish language film in the U.S., comes another movie aimed at the same audience. "Pulling Strings," also being released by "Instructions" distributor Pantelion Films, looks to do potential crossover audiences one better with a story that allows the language to be split between Spanish and English. Serving mostly as a strong calling card for star Jaime Camil, the film has an appealingly loose, slightly ramshackle charm.
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Julianna Margulies On Alicia/Kalinda, Betrayal & What's Ahead On 'The Good Wife'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What's ahead in "The Good Wife" Season 5? Returning faces, great cases and lots of betrayal, according to Julianna Margulies. In the second episode of "The Good Wife" Season 5, "The Bit Bucket," Stockard Channing reappears as Veronica, Alicia's mother. "It's a very sweet episode this season. [Stockard Channing's character] really tries to come in and helps Alicia in a very sweet way. I think Alicia is terribly touched by it. It's financial help, which is also, in their relationship, emotional help," Margulies told The Huffington Post. "I hope throughout the season that we get more of her and that we get to explain things a little better, but the one episode that we shot with Stockard Channing, there's a very sweet moment between the two of them." Margulies said it's not warm and fuzzy because Channing's character can't do that, "but it's as warm and fuzzy as it's going to get." Viewers know whenever Channing's character returns or Dallas Roberts shows up as Owen, it gives new insi ...
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Mandy Moore: 'You Win Some & You Lose Some'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Mandy Moore has been giving TV the ol' college try for a few pilot seasons now and in this latest cycle, she was attached to both an ABC comedy, "Pulling," and a CBS drama, "The Advocates." Moore left "Pulling" and Kristen Schaal eventually replaced her. "Mandy is a pro, and has been very patient and accommodating with us," "Pulling" producers told TV Guide in March. "As we moved closer to production, it was clear we needed to go in a different direction for the character." Moore joined "The Advocates" opposite Ben McKenzie, but neither show made it to series. In earlier seasons, Moore was attached to star in a put pilot from Rich Appel and co-starred in a pilot about a newlywed couple who open a restaurant in which Stockard Channing played her mother. "You win some and you lose some, and you just have to get back up to bat again," Moore told Zap2It. "That's what I'm looking for, the next sort of special thing that will continue to push me as an actor ... hopefull ...
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Portman Could Star In Saucy Adaptation Of 'Dare Me'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Natalie Portman could be headed for a sassy lead role in the freshly announced adaptation of Megan Abbott's popular 2012 novel "Dare Me." Deadline.com reports that Michael Sucsy, who helmed the Emmy-winning HBO movie "Grey Gardens" and the critically reviled romance "The Vow," will direct. "Dare Me" centers on a high school cheerleading squad whose competitive backstabbing is interrupted when a suicide prompts a police investigation into the team and its coach. There's no word yet on which character Portman will portray. At 32, she seems a bit old to play one of the teenage cheerleaders, although stranger age disparities have taken place in film (namely, a 34-year-old Stockard Channing playing high school senior Betty Rizzo in "Grease"). Abbott's novel was well received upon its release last July, making its mark on best-of-summer lists found in Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal and more. Deadline.com describes the project as "'Heathers' meets 'Fight Cl ...
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'Being The Good Girl Doesn't Always Pay Off'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It's decision time on "The Good Wife": Will Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) stand by her husband Peter (Chris Noth) or give into her temptations and rekindle her affair with Will (Josh Charles)? "I thought it was so cut and dry when I started this show, that she should not be with Peter at all after his behavior," Margulies told The Huffington Post in a phone interview earlier in the week. "But then came this moral dilemma: Can one forgive? Can one move on? Is there such a thing as redeeming oneself? It's not a black-and-white case." "The Good Wife" concludes Season 4 on Sunday, April 28 and the series will finally -- maybe? -- put the Alicia-Peter-Will love triangle to bed. The episode, titled "What's in the Box?," takes place over the span of 24-hours and features the results of the Illinois gubernatorial race that's gone on all season and Cary (Matt Czuchry) getting the helping hand he needs to start his own firm. Margulies said fans should buckle up and pre ...
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Alicia/Will Or Alicia/Peter?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
For four years, "The Good Wife" fans have battled it out over who Alicia Florrick should be with. Julianna Margulies' character has been with both Will (Josh Charles) and Peter (Chris Noth) over "The Good Wife's" four season run and in the Season 4 finale, the character is set to make a choice between her two loves yet again. The Sunday, April 21 episode of "The Good Wife" saw Alicia agree to renew her vows to Peter, but unbeknownst to her, Alicia's mother Veronica (Stockard Channing) went to Will and told him if he loved her daughter, he had to make his move. "The rollercoaster that has been building reaches a crest," "The Good Wife" co-creator Robert King told TVLine. "At a certain point, even in life, people get sick of the fact that they're in a triangle and something has to blow. And so something blows." So, "Good Wife" fans, who do you want Alicia to be with: Will or Peter? Or should she be alone? Vote in the poll below! "The Good Wife" airs Sundays, ...
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Love Triangle 'Blows' On 'The Good Wife'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"The Good Wife" love triangle between Alicia, Will and Peter will be resolved in the Season 4 finale, according to TVLine. Over the course of the last several episodes, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) has found herself wavering from Team Peter (Chris Noth) to Team Will (Josh Charles). Her fling with Will ended last season, but a passionate kiss in "Red Team/Blue Team" brought the love triangle back again. "The rollercoaster that has been building reaches a crest," "The Good Wife" co-creator Robert King told TVLine. "At a certain point, even in life, people get sick of the fact that they're in a triangle and something has to blow. And so something blows." Recent episodes have seen Alicia remembering her time with Will -- quite fondly -- and even getting chills around him. A promo for the last few episodes of "The Good Wife" Season 4 has Veronica (Stockard Channing), Alicia's mom, confront Will about her daughter. Read the official description for the "The Good Wife" Sea ...
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'The Good Wife' Love Triangle Heats Up
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"The Good Wife" only has three episodes left in Season 4 and there's a lot jam-packed in them if this new promo is any indication. The promo -- complete with Alicia (Julianna Margulies) dramatically walking down a hallway -- features a confrontation between Will (Josh Charles) and Peter (Chris Noth), Alicia doing interviews for the campaign and Veronica (Stockard Channing) doing a whole lot of meddling in Alicia's life. "Do you love my daughter? Because if you do, it's time to stop being polite about it," Veronica tells Will. It is on! "The Good Wife" airs Sundays, 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Stockard Channing
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 72
    She played the role of the title character's mother, Veronica Loy until the final season in 2016.
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  • 2010
    Age 66
    She returned to the stage in June 2010, to Dublin's Gaiety Theatre to play Lady Bracknell in Rough Magic Theatre Company’s production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
    More Details Hide Details Channing appeared in the play Other Desert Cities Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center and then on Broadway, as of October 2011. Channing was nominated for the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actress in a Play and the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for Other Desert Cities.
  • 2008
    Age 64
    In November 2008, she returned to Broadway as Vera Simpson in the musical Pal Joey, and was nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Channing starred in Out of Practice with Henry Winkler, receiving an Emmy nomination for her role. She played the role of Lydia Barnes, ex-wife of Stewart Barnes (Winkler), and had two sons and a lesbian daughter (Christopher Gorham, Paula Marshall, Ty Burrell). The show aired for one season (22 episodes). From 2012, Channing played a recurring role in The Good Wife.
    She was selected for the second narrator of the Animal Planet hit series Meerkat Manor in 2008, replacing Sean Astin, who did the first three seasons.
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  • 2005
    Age 61
    In 2005, Channing won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special for Jack (2004), a Showtime TV movie about a young man struggling to understand why his father left the family for another man.
    More Details Hide Details Channing played Jack's mother.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 59
    In 2003, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award.
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  • 2002
    Age 58
    Channing received the 2002 London Film Critics Circle Award (ALFS) for Best Actress of the Year for her role in the film The Business of Strangers.
    More Details Hide Details For The Business of Strangers she was also nominated for the American Film Institute Best Actress award.
  • 2001
    Age 57
    She was a recurring guest star for the show's first two seasons; she became a regular cast member in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In the seventh and final season of The West Wing (2005–2006), Channing appeared in only four episodes (including the series finale) because she was co-starring (with Henry Winkler) in the CBS sitcom Out of Practice at the same time. Out of Practice was cancelled by CBS after one season. Channing received several awards in 2002. She won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on The West Wing. That same year, she also won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her portrayal of Judy Shepard in The Matthew Shepard Story, a docudrama about Matthew Shepard's life and murder.
  • 1997
    Age 53
    On stage, she performed at Lincoln Center in Tom Stoppard's Hapgood (1995) and in the 1997 revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, Channing voiced Barbara Gordon in the animated series, Batman Beyond, and in one episode of King of the Hill. Channing was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress three times in the 1990s: in 1991, for Six Degrees of Separation; in 1992, for Four Baboons Adoring the Sun; and in 1999, for The Lion in Winter. In 1999, Channing took on the role of First Lady Abbey Bartlet in the NBC television series The West Wing.
  • 1996
    Age 52
    She starred in the USA Network film An Unexpected Family in 1996 and in its sequel, An Unexpected Life, in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details She was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Female for her performance as one-half of an infertile couple in The Baby Dance (also 1998).
  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 41
    She reprised the role in the Roundabout Theater Company production, first Off-Broadway in January 1985 and then on Broadway in March 1985, and won the 1985 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.
    More Details Hide Details Channing continued her return to the stage by teaming up again with playwright John Guare. She received Tony Award nominations for her performances in his plays, The House of Blue Leaves (1986) and Six Degrees of Separation (1990), for which she also won an Obie Award. The Alan Ayckbourn play Woman in Mind received its American premiere Off-Broadway in February 1988 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The production was directed by Lynne Meadow and the cast included Channing in the role of Susan, for which she won a Drama Desk Award for Best Actress. When once asked if Susan was Channing's most fully realized character, the actress replied: Well, you like to think that they’re all fully realized because what you’re doing is different from what anyone else is seeing. You do a character but how much of it is on film, or how much of it is seen by an audience, is really up to the director, the piece, or the audience. And so, I just do these people. And flesh them out. I think anything else is not my job.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 34
    She also played Peter Falk's secretary in the 1978 Neil Simon film The Cheap Detective.
    More Details Hide Details Channing starred in two short-lived sitcoms on CBS in 1979 and 1980: Stockard Channing in Just Friends and The Stockard Channing Show. In both shows, she co-starred with actress Sydney Goldsmith, who played her best friend in both. Her Hollywood career faltered after these failures, so Channing returned to her theatre roots. She played the female lead in the Broadway show, They're Playing Our Song (1980–81). Channing then took the part of the mother (Sheila) in the 1981 Long Wharf Theater (New Haven) production of Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.
    The film was released in 1978 and her performance earned her the People's Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture Supporting Actress.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 29
    Channing made her television debut on Sesame Street in the role of the The Number Painter's female victim. She landed her first lead role in the 1973 television movie The Girl Most Likely to, a black comedy written by Joan Rivers about an ugly duckling woman whose car accident leads to plastic surgery; newly beautiful, she vows murderous revenge on all who had scorned her.
    More Details Hide Details For the role, Channing went through considerable transformation, with the syndicated column "TV Scout" reporting months later, "It was a great make-up job — at least the part that made very pretty Stockard look so ugly. She had her cheeks puffed out with cotton and her nose was wadded, too, to make it thick and off-center. Very thick eyebrows were drawn on her face and she wore padded clothes to make her look fat. Making her look beautiful was easy." After a few small parts in feature films, Channing co-starred with Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson in Mike Nichols' The Fortune (1975). On May 22, 1977, Stockard along with Ned Beatty starred in the pilot for the short-lived TV series Lucan. Lucan, played by Kevin Brophy, was a 20-year-old who spent the first 10 years of his life running wild in the forest. After being raised by wolves, Lucan strikes out on his own in search of his identity. In 1977, at the age of 33, Channing took on the role of high school teenager Betty Rizzo in the hit musical Grease.
    She also appeared on Broadway in 1973 in a supporting role in No Hard Feelings at the Martin Beck Theatre
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  • 1971
    Age 27
    In 1971, she made her Broadway debut in Two Gentlemen of Verona — The Musical, working with playwright John Guare.
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  • 1970
    Age 26
    She performed in a revival of Arsenic and Old Lace directed by Theodore Mann as part of the Circle in the Square at Ford's Theatre program in 1970.
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  • 1969
    Age 25
    Channing started her acting career with the experimental Theatre Company of Boston and eventually performed in the group's Off-Broadway 1969 production of the Elaine May play Adaptation/Next.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 19
    Channing has been married and divorced four times; she has no children. She married Walter Channing in 1963 and kept the amalgamated name "Stockard Channing" after they divorced in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details Her second husband was Paul Schmidt, a professor of Slavic languages (1970–76), and her third was writer-producer David Debin (1976–80). Her fourth husband was businessman David Rawle (1980–88). She has been in a relationship with cinematographer Daniel Gillham for more than 20 years; they met on the set of A Time of Destiny. The couple resides in Maine when not working. In 2005, Channing pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and received 36 months probation.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Age 0
    Born on February 13, 1944.
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