Birthday: Feb 13, 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" 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" The rollercoaster ride continued, however, when two television series met ignominious ends, and feature efforts like "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh" 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 , for which she won a Tony Award.
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Her parents were Mary Alice nee English and well-to-do shipping executive Lester Napier Stockard; the latter died when his daughter was 16 and left her a sizable estate. She majored in both literature and history at Radcliffe College, from which she graduated summa cum laude in In she married the first of her four husbands, Walter Channing Jr. Stockard made her stage debut in a production of "The Investigation" at the experimental Theatre Company of Boston in
Plus, that crazy '70s TV movie she did that was co-written by Joan Rivers. Stockard Channing will never forget her first day on The West Wing. Having been discussed but never appeared, first lady Dr. Marty was outside sneaking a cigarette, wearing white tie and tails, I'll never forget. In that moment, one of the most beloved couples in TV history was born, and Channing says no heavy lifting was involved. I don't know what it was, but we had it and it didn't go away.