Stockard Channing

Stockard Channing

Highest Rated: 100% Without a Trace (1983)

Lowest Rated: 9% Meet the Applegates (1990)

Birthday: Feb 13, 1944

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

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.

Highest rated movies

Without a Trace
Six Degrees of Separation
The Business of Strangers
Staying Together
Bright Young Things




No Score Yet 32% Death to 2021 Unknown (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon Elizabeth Taylor (Character) - 2016
58% 71% Pulling Strings Virginia (Character) $5.8M 2013
No Score Yet 57% Sundays at Tiffany's Vivian (Character) - 2010
9% 24% Multiple Sarcasms Pamela (Character) $28.9K 2010
78% No Score Yet Sparkle Sheila (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 95% History Through Deaf Eyes Narrator - 2007
34% 68% 3 Needles Olive Cowie (Character) - 2005
37% 50% Must Love Dogs Dolly (Character) $43.9M 2005
No Score Yet 50% Red Mercury Penelope (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 58% Jack Anne (Character) - 2004
94% 48% Home of the Brave Narrator - 2004
65% 67% Bright Young Things Mrs. Melrose Ape (Character) $931.8K 2003
No Score Yet 74% Behind the Red Door Julia (Character) - 2003
40% 44% Anything Else Paula (Character) $3.2M 2003
36% 26% Le Divorce Margeeve Walker (Character) $9.1M 2003
No Score Yet 73% Hitler: The Rise of Evil Unknown (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Piano Man's Daughter Lily Kilworth (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Matthew Shepard Story Judy Shepard (Character) - 2002
27% 44% Life or Something Like It Deborah Connors (Character) $14.4M 2002
No Score Yet 63% Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Margarethe Fisher Van Den Meer (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 61% A Girl Thing Dr. Beth Noonan (Character) - 2001
81% 51% The Business of Strangers Julie Styron (Character) $1.0M 2001
No Score Yet 91% Walking With Prehistoric Beasts Unknown (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 76% The Truth About Jane Janice (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 17% Other Voices Dr. Grover (Character) - 2000
35% 76% Where the Heart Is Thelma 'Sister' Husband (Character) $33.8M 2000
25% 38% Isn't She Great Florence Maybelle (Character) $3.0M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Venice Project Chandra Chase (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 33% The Baby Dance Rachel Luckman (Character) - 1998
23% 73% Practical Magic Frances Owens (Character) $46.8M 1998
59% 30% Twilight Lieutenant Verna Hollander (Character) $15.0M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet An Unexpected Life Barbara Whitney (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 33% Edie & Pen Penelope "Pen" Chandler (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lily Dale Corella (Character) - 1996
46% 72% Moll Flanders Mrs. Allworthy (Character) $3.4M 1996
31% 66% Up Close & Personal Marcia McGrath (Character) $51.1M 1996
50% 68% The First Wives Club Cynthia Swann Griffin (Character) $105.5M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Prosecutors Ingrid Maynard (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet An Unexpected Family Barbara Whitney (Character) - 1996
41% 71% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar Carol Ann (Character) $36.4M 1995
90% 89% Smoke Ruby McNutt (Character) $8.3M 1995
No Score Yet 62% David's Mother Bea (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet David Bea (Character) - 1994
88% 71% Six Degrees of Separation Ouisa (Character) $6.3M 1993
33% 43% Married to It Iris (Character) $1.8M 1991
9% 48% Meet the Applegates Jane Applegate (Character) $274.8K 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Applegates Jane Applegate (Character) - 1990
80% 53% Staying Together Nancy Trainer (Character) $4.1M 1989
No Score Yet 33% Perfect Witness Liz Sapperstein (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time of Destiny Margaret (Character) $886.6K 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Room Upstairs Leah Lazenby (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Echoes in the Darkness Susan Reinert (Character) - 1987
45% 46% Heartburn Julie Siegel (Character) $24.3M 1986
No Score Yet 25% The Men's Club Nancy (Character) $1.9M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Not My Kid Helen Bower (Character) - 1985
100% 74% Without a Trace Jocelyn Norris (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 9% Safari 3000 J.J. Dalton (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 71% The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Mona Mondieu (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story Kitty O'Neil (Character) - 1979
50% 58% The Cheap Detective Bess (Character) - 1978
76% 87% Grease Rizzo (Character) $305.3K 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucan Mickey MacElwaine (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 0% Sweet Revenge Vurrla Kowsky (Character) - 1976
64% 57% The Big Bus Kitty Baxter (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dandy, the All-American Girl Vurrla Kowsky (Character) - 1976
25% 35% The Fortune Freddie (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 61% The Girl Most Likely To... Miriam Knight (Character) - 1973


No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2018
96% 86% Difficult People Bonnie (Guest Star) 2017
64% 88% The Guest Book Jill (Guest Star) 2017
93% 91% The Good Wife Veronica Loy (Guest Star) 2012-2016
24% 76% The Mysteries of Laura Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 64% The Cleveland Show Lydia Waterman (Guest Voice) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Meerkat Manor Narrator 2008-2009
No Score Yet 100% Out of Practice Dr. Lydia Barnes (Character) 2005-2006
75% 95% The West Wing Abigail "Abbey" Bartlet (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walking With Prehistoric Beasts Narrator 2001
No Score Yet 56% King of the Hill Mrs. Holloway (Guest Voice) 1997