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Stockard Channing (born February 13, 1944) is an American stage, film and television actress. She is known for her portrayal of First Lady Abbey Bartlet in the NBC television series The West Wing; for playing Betty Rizzo in the film Grease; and for her role in both the stage and screen versions of Six Degrees of Separation. Channing started her acting career with the experimental Theatre Company of Boston and eventually performed in the group`s off-Broadway production of Adaptation/Next. In 1971, she made her Broadway debut in Two Gentlemen of Verona -- The Musical, working with playwright John Guare. Channing made her television debut on Sesame Street in the role of the The Number Painter`s victim. She landed her first lead role in the 1973 television movie The Girl Most Likely to..., a black comedy written by Joan Rivers. After a few small parts in feature films, Channing co-starred with Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson in Mike Nichols` The Fortune (1975). In 1978, at the age of 33, she took on the role of high school teenager Betty Rizzo in the hit musical Grease. Her performance earned her the People`s Choice Awards for Favorite Motion Picture Supporting Actress. That year, she also played Peter Falk`s secretary in Neil Simon`s film The Cheap Detective.
Channing`s film career was re-energized in 1993 when she reprised her lead role as an Upper East Side matron in the film version of Six Degrees of Separation. She was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for her performance. She then made several films in quick succession: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar and Smoke (both 1995); a cameo appearance in The First Wives Club, Up Close and Personal, and Moll Flanders (all 1996). For Smoke she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress and for Moll Flanders she was nominated for Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Drama. In 1999, Channing took on the role of First Lady Abbey Bartlet in the NBC television series The West Wing. She was a recurring guest star for the show`s first two seasons; she became a regular cast member in 2001. In the seventh and final season of The West Wing (2005-2006), Channing appeared in only six episodes (including the series finale) because she was co-starring (with Henry Winkler) in the CBS sitcom Out of Practice at the same time. Out of Practice was cancelled by CBS after one season. Channing received several awards in 2002. She won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on The West Wing.
Channing has been married and divorced four times; she has no children. Her second husband was Paul Schmidt, a professor of Slavic languages (1970-76), and her third was writer-producer David Debin (1976-80). Her fourth husband was businessman David Rawle (1980-88). She has been in a relationship with cinematographer Daniel Gillham for more than 20 years; they met on the set of A Time of Destiny. The couple reside in Maine when not working.
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Chapin School, New York City, NY (1961)
BA History, Radcliffe College (1965)
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Susan Antonia Williams Stockard
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Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard; February 13, 1944) is an American stage, film and television actress. She is known for playing Betty Rizzo in the film Grease (1978) and First Lady Abbey Bartlet on the NBC television series The West Wing (1999–2006). She played the role of Ouisa Kittredge in the play Six Degrees of Separation and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress when she reprised the role in the 1993 film.
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(2004) TV commercial AIG (voice only)., (2007) Dove Pro-age hair product commercial., (2009) Narrator of the film shown all visitors to the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii just prior to visiting the sunken USS Arizona, (2004) Print ads for the "Got milk?" milk mustache campaign by America's Milk Processors.
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