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Stockard Channing

Stockard ChanningAKA Susan Antonia Williams Stockard

Born: 13-Feb-1944
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The First Lady on The West Wing

Stockard Channing is an American actress who usually plays loopy, smart, headstrong, or eccentric characters. Born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard into an upper-class New York family, she traveled widely as a child, and was educated in expensive private schools. She always wanted to be an actress, and has said she doesn't think she could have been successful in any other field. Her stage name is an amalgam of her maiden and married names.

Channing was an accomplished stage performer and a regular on Sesame Street for several years before making her big screen debut, with one line in George C. Scott's creepy The Hospital. She first came to national fame playing a homely college girl in a 1973 comedy co-written by Joan Rivers, The Girl Most Likely To... She was 33 when she played her most famous role, as the slutty high school girl in Grease with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. She also played Ouisa Kittredge in Six Degrees of Separation, delivering the "profound" speech about how interconnected humanity is. More recently, she has played First Lady Abigail Bartlet on the overwrought The West Wing.

Channing is a vocal, long-time supporter of abortion rights.

Father: Lester Napier Stockard (shipping magnate, d. 1950)
Mother: Mary Alice English (housewife)
Sister: Lesly (Stockard) Smith (former Mayor of Palm Beach, FL, b. 1938)
Husband: Walter Channing, Jr. (venture capitalist, HealthSouth, m. 1963, div. 1967)
Husband: Paul Schmidt (linguist/actor/translator, m. 1970, div. 1976, d. 1999 AIDS)
Husband: David Debin (mystery novelist, m. 1976, div. 1980)
Husband: David Rawle (businessman, m. 1980, div. 1988)
Boyfriend: Daniel Gillham (cinematographer, dated 1988-90, cohabiting)

    High School: Chapin School, New York City, NY (1961)
    University: BA History, Radcliffe College (1965)

    The Creative Coalition Advisory Board
    John Kerry for President
    Voters for Choice
    Tony 1985 for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
    Driving While Intoxicated Arrested 25-Jan-2005, Hollywood Freeway

    Out of Practice Dr. Lydia Barnes (2005-06)
    The West Wing Abigail Bartlet (First Lady, 1999-06)
    The Stockard Channing Show Susan Goodenow (1980)
    Sesame Street Number Painter (1969-74)

    Pulling Strings (4-Oct-2013)
    Multiple Sarcasms (8-Apr-2010) · Pamela
    Sparkle (9-Feb-2007)
    3 Needles (9-Sep-2005)
    Red Mercury (Sep-2005)
    Must Love Dogs (21-Jul-2005)
    Jack (2-Mar-2004)
    Anything Else (27-Aug-2003) · Paula
    Le Divorce (8-Aug-2003) · Margeeve Walker
    Hitler: The Rise of Evil (18-May-2003)
    Bright Young Things (16-May-2003)
    Behind the Red Door (8-Aug-2002)
    Life or Something Like It (26-Apr-2002)
    The Matthew Shepard Story (16-Mar-2002)
    Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (10-Mar-2002)
    A Girl Thing (20-Jan-2001)
    The Business of Strangers (19-Jan-2001) · Julie Styron
    The Truth About Jane (7-Aug-2000)
    Where the Heart Is (28-Apr-2000) · Sister Husband
    Isn't She Great (28-Jan-2000) · Florence Maybelle
    Practical Magic (16-Oct-1998) · Aunt Frances
    The Baby Dance (23-Aug-1998) · Rachel
    Twilight (6-Mar-1998) · Verna
    Edie & Pen (6-Apr-1997)
    An Unexpected Family (4-Dec-1996)
    The First Wives Club (20-Sep-1996) · Cynthia Swann Griffin
    Moll Flanders (14-Jun-1996) · Mrs. Allworthy
    Up Close & Personal (1-Mar-1996) · Marcia McGrath
    To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (8-Sep-1995) · Carol Ann
    Smoke (9-Jun-1995) · Ruby McNutt
    David's Mother (10-Apr-1994)
    Six Degrees of Separation (8-Dec-1993) · Ouisa
    Married to It (11-Sep-1991) · Iris Morden
    Meet the Applegates (1-Feb-1991)
    Staying Together (14-Sep-1989) · Nancy Trainer
    Tidy Endings (14-Aug-1988)
    A Time of Destiny (22-Apr-1988)
    Echoes In The Darkness (1-Nov-1987)
    The Men's Club (Sep-1986) · Nancy
    Heartburn (25-Jul-1986) · Julie
    Not My Kid (15-Jan-1985)
    Without a Trace (4-Feb-1983) · Jocelyn Norris
    The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (21-Nov-1979)
    Grease (7-Jul-1978) · Rizzo
    The Cheap Detective (23-Jun-1978)
    The Big Bus (22-Oct-1976)
    Sweet Revenge (May-1976)
    The Fortune (20-May-1975) · Freddie
    The Girl Most Likely to... (6-Nov-1973)

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