Stockard Channing

Stockard Channing

Highest Rated: 100% Without a Trace (1983)

Lowest Rated: 0% Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

Birthday: Feb 13, 1944

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Born Susan Williams Antonia Stockard Channing Schmidt on February 13, 1944, Channing is the daughter of a wealthy shipping executive, and became interested in the dramatic arts while attending college at Radcliffe. After graduating in the mid-sixties, Channing joined Boston's experimental Theater Company. Several unsuccessful Broadway auditions later, she landed a lead role in a Los Angeles production of Two Gentlemen of Verona. Eventually, Channing made it to Broadway, and won a Tony for her performance in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.In the early '70s, Channing appeared in several small television roles, and made her big screen debut in 1971's The Hospital. In 1973, the actress starred in the Joan Rivers-penned black comedy The Girl Most Likely To..., a TV movie about an overweight college girl who loses weight, gets cosmetic surgery, and sets off in hopes of getting even. Channing's first major film role came two years later, when she starred in Mike Nichols' The Fortune with Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. It wasn't until 1978, however, that Channing would win her most memorable role to date -- tough gal Rizzo in the retro-musical Grease. Interestingly enough, although she was cast as a teenager, the actress was in her early thirties when she was chosen for the film. Around the same time, Channing starred in two similar and short-lived sitcoms: Stockard Channing in Just Friends and The Stockard Channing Show. By 1980, Channing's film career was idling in neutral, so she focused her energies on the theater, though she began showing up in various supporting film roles in the mid to late eighties. In 1993, she was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for playing the formidable Upper East Side matron of Six Degrees of Separation; the role had also earned her a Tony nomination when she performed it in the film's stage version. Channing subsequently made steady appearances in both film and television, and co-starred as a witch in Practical Magic with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, as well as The First Wives Club, Moll Flanders, Edie & Pen, and An Unexpected Family. In 2000, Channing would play one of the more eccentric residents of a small Oklahoma town in Where the Heart Is. After filming Other Voices in 2001, which was screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, Channing would receive a solid amount of critical success for her role in The Business of Strangers (2001), in which she starred as a high-level corporate player who saves her own job only to find out her boss is a rapist. In between filming a variety of television and documentary appearances - namely, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (2002), A Girl Thing (2001), Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The William Haines Story (2001), and New York Firefighters: The Brotherhood of 9/11 (2002) -- Channing joined up with Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie in Stephen Herek's Life or Something Like It. In 2003, Channing made a cameo appearance in Bright Young Things, and went on to co-star in Le Divorce with Kate Hudson, Glenn Close, and Matthew Modine during the same year. The actress also signed on with the legendary Woody Allen in Anything Else, in which she played a middle-aged mother determined to land a role in a cabaret production. She would find particular success on the small screen over the coming years, with a starring role as first lady Abbey Bartlet on The West Wing.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet TCM Presents Grease Sing-a-long Actor 2015
58% Pulling Strings Virginia $5.9M 2013
No Score Yet Sundays At Tiffany's Vivian 2010
No Score Yet Chautauqua: An American Narrative Narrator 2010
78% Sparkle Sheila 2010
9% Multiple Sarcasms Pamela 2010
No Score Yet So You Want To Be President? Actor 2010
No Score Yet NOVA Narrator 2008
No Score Yet Red Mercury Penelope 2007
No Score Yet Through Deaf Eyes Actor 2007
36% 3 Needles Olive 2006
36% Must Love Dogs Dolly $43.9M 2005
No Score Yet Michael the Visitor Narrator 2005
No Score Yet Kennedy Mystique: Creating Camelot Narrator 2004
No Score Yet What the Universe Tells Me Actor 2004
65% Bright Young Things Mrs. Melrose Ape $0.9M 2004
93% Home of the Brave Narrator 2004
No Score Yet The Piano Man's Daughter Lily Kilworth 2003
40% Anything Else Paula $3.2M 2003
36% Le Divorce Margeeve Walker $9M 2003
No Score Yet Hitler: The Rise of Evil Klara Hitler 2003
No Score Yet Behind the Red Door Julia 2003
No Score Yet Jack Anne 2003
No Score Yet What the Universe Tells Me: Unraveling the Mysteries of Mahler's Third Symphony Narrator 2003
28% Life or Something Like It Deborah Connors $14.5M 2002
No Score Yet The Matthew Shepard Story Judy Shepard 2002
No Score Yet Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Margarethe Fisher Van Den Meer 2002
No Score Yet Walking with Prehistoric Beasts Actor 2001
81% The Business of Strangers Julie Styron $0.5M 2001
No Score Yet A Girl Thing Dr. Beth Noonan 2001
No Score Yet Walking With Prehistoric Beasts Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Truth About Jane Janice 2000
35% Where the Heart Is Thelma `Sister' Husband 2000
25% Isn't She Great Florence Maybelle 2000
No Score Yet Other Voices Dr. Grover 2000
22% Practical Magic Aunt Frances 1998
60% Twilight Verna 1998
0% Lulu on the Bridge Celia's Agent 1998
No Score Yet The Baby Dance Rachel Luckman 1998
No Score Yet Edie & Pen Penelope 'Pen' Chandler 1997
No Score Yet An Unexpected Life Barbara Whitney 1997
50% The First Wives Club Cynthia Swann Griffin 1996
43% Moll Flanders Mrs. Allworthy 1996
No Score Yet Lily Dale Actor 1996
31% Up Close & Personal Marcia McGrath 1996
No Score Yet An Unexpected Family Barbara Whitney 1996
No Score Yet Clay Classics: Michael the Visitor Actor 1995
39% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Carol Ann 1995
93% Smoke Ruby McNutt 1995
No Score Yet Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree Miss Adelaide 1995
No Score Yet David's Mother Bea 1994
No Score Yet Stonewall 25: Voices of Pride and Protest Actor 1994
88% Six Degrees of Separation Ouisa Kittredge 1993
33% Married to It Iris 1993
65% Bitter Moon Publisher 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865 Clara Harris 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864 Clara Harris 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863 Clara Harris 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862 Clara Harris 1992
10% Meet the Applegates Jane Applegate 1991
80% Staying Together Nancy 1989
No Score Yet Perfect Witness Sapperstein 1989
No Score Yet A Time of Destiny Margaret 1988
No Score Yet Tidy Endings Marion 1988
No Score Yet Echoes in the Darkness Susan Reinert 1987
No Score Yet The Room Upstairs Leah Lazenby 1987
No Score Yet The Men's Club Nancy 1986
45% Heartburn Julie 1986
No Score Yet Not My Kid Mrs. Bower 1985
100% Without a Trace Jocelyn Norris 1983
No Score Yet Safari 3000 J.J. Dalton 1981
No Score Yet A Gun in the House Producer 1981
No Score Yet Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story Kitty O'Neil 1979
No Score Yet The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Mona Mondieu 1979
75% Grease Rizzo 1978
47% The Cheap Detective Bess 1978
64% The Big Bus Kitty Baxter 1976
No Score Yet Sweet Revenge (Dandy, the All American Girl) Vurrla Kowsky 1976
17% The Fortune Freddie 1975
No Score Yet The Girl Most Likely to... Miriam Knight 1973
60% Up the Sandbox Judy Stanley 1972
100% The Hospital Actor 1971


No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
Guest 2018
96% Difficult People
Bonnie 2017
64% The Guest Book
Jill 2017
24% The Mysteries of Laura
Brenda Phillips 2016
94% The Good Wife
Bucky Stabler Veronica Loy Veronica 2016
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2010
No Score Yet NOVA
Voice Narrator 2009
No Score Yet Out of Practice
Lydia Barnes 2009
75% The West Wing
Abigail Bartlett Abigail Bartlet Abigail "Abbey" Bartlet First Lady Abigail Bartlet 2006
No Score Yet Nature
Voice Narrator 2004
100% Batman Beyond
Barbara Gordon 1999
No Score Yet King of the Hill
Voice 1997
No Score Yet Avonlea


Sister Husband says: That's what the late Brother Husband used to say...

Novalee Nation says: Brother Husband... Was he your husband?

Sister Husband says: No, he was my brother.

Novalee Nation says: What do you think? It took me a whole month to get back to my old size.

Sister Husband says: Oh, well a little weight on a woman is no harm.

Sister Husband says: Home is where your history begins. Home is where they catch you when you fall.

Sister Husband says: Harry, we're alcoholics, we're generally satisfied to hurt ourselves.

Sister Husband says: Dear Lord, we ask that you bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies. And we ask forgiveness, Lord, for the fornication that Mr. Sprock and me committed this mornin' on this very table.

Frenchy says: (to Sandy) Uh Sandy here's your toothbrush

Frenchy says: [to Sandy] Uh Sandy here's your toothbrush.

Sandy Olsson says: (grabs it through the door) Oh thanks Frenchy, I'm sorry to be so much trouble

Sandy Olsson says: [grabs it through the door] Oh thanks Frenchy, I'm sorry to be so much trouble.

Frenchy says: Oh it's okay

Frenchy says: Oh it's okay.

Rizzo says: (puts on blond wig) Ooh This Goody Two-Shoes makes me wanna barf

Rizzo says: [puts on blond wig] Ooh This Goody Two-Shoes makes me wanna barf.

Aunt Frances says: In this house we have chocolate cake for breakfast, and never bother with silly little things like bedtimes, or brushing our teeth.

Sally Owens says: All I want is a normal life.

Aunt Frances says: My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage!

Sally Owens says: Well, it's what I want.

Sally Owens says: [after Michael's death; brings the spell book out] You brought him into my life and now I want you to bring him back. Bring him back! I have never asked you for anything. I've never asked you for spells but do this. I know you can bring him back.

Aunt Jet says: No, dear. We won't do that.

Aunt Frances says: We don't do that.

Sally Owens says: But you can. You can do this. I know you can. I remember. I found it here when mommy and daddy died.

Aunt Frances says: Even if we did bring him back, it wouldn't be Michael. It would be something else. Something dark and unnatural.

Sally Owens says: [Starts crying] I don't care what he comes back as. As long he comes back. Please do this for me. Please? Please? Please? Please?

Aunt Frances says: She heard the beetle ticking for your father's death all day long. She knew that when you hear the sound of the deathwatch beetle the man you love is doomed to die.

Ouisa Kittredge says: "And we become these human jukeboxes, spilling out these anecdotes, but it was and experience! How do we keep the experience?"

Ouisa Kittredge says: And we become these human jukeboxes, spilling out these anecdotes, but it was and experience! How do we keep the experience?

Aunt Frances says: She heard the beetle ticking for your father's death all day long. She knew that when you hear the sound of the deathwatch beetle the man you love is doomed to die.