Stockard Channing - Rotten Tomatoes

Stockard Channing

Highest Rated:   100% The Hospital (1971)
Lowest Rated:   0% Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
5% 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
34% 3 Needles
  • Olive
2006
35% 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
37% 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
80% 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
20% Practical Magic
  • Aunt Frances
1998
59% 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
39% The First Wives Club
  • Cynthia Swann Griffin
1996
43% Moll Flanders
  • Mrs. Allworthy
1996
No Score Yet Lily Dale
  • Actor
1996
29% 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 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
63% 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
47% Heartburn
  • Julie
1986
No Score Yet Not My Kid
  • Mrs. Bower
1985
No Score Yet 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
46% The Cheap Detective
  • Bess
1978
78% The Big Bus
  • Kitty Baxter
1976
No Score Yet Sweet Revenge (Dandy, the All American Girl)
  • Vurrla Kowsky
1976
20% The Fortune
  • Freddie
1975
No Score Yet The Girl Most Likely to...
  • Miriam Knight
1973
No Score Yet Up the Sandbox
  • Judy Stanley
1972
100% The Hospital
  • Actor
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Difficult People
2015
  • Bonnie
  • 2017
64% The Guest Book
2017
  • Jill
  • 2017
23% The Mysteries of Laura
2014-2016
  • Brenda Phillips
  • 2016
95% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Bucky Stabler Veronica Loy Veronica
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Abigail Bartlett Abigail Bartlet Abigail "Abbey" Bartlet First Lady Abigail Bartlet
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2004
  • 2000
No Score Yet Avonlea
1990-1996
  • Actor

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