Stockard Channing

Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard; February 13, 1944) is a three-time Emmy and one-time Tony Award winning 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 as Ouisa Kittredge in the play Six Degrees of Separation and its later film version.


  • Lives with Daniel Gillham, 1990-?
  • Graduated from Harvard University (specifically, its then female-only Radcliffe College), with a BA in history and literature.
  • Auditioned for the role of Lois Lane in "Superman", but lost to Margot Kidder.
  • Played a character half her age in "Grease".
  • Won Broadway's 1985 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for "A Day In the Death of Joe Egg." This was followed with five other Tony nominations: as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play), in 1986 for "The House of Blue Leaves;" and as Best Actress (Play), in 1991 for "Six Degrees of Separation," a role she recreated in an Oscar-nominated performance in the film version of the same title,"Six Degrees of Separation", in 1992 for "Four Baboons Adoring the Sun," in 1999 for a revival of "A Lion in Winter," playing Eleanor of Aquitaine, and in 2009 for Best Performance for a Leading Actress in a Musical for the revival of "Pal Joey.".
  • Provides the voice over for the film about the history of Pearl Harbor shown at the USS Arizona Memorial for the National Park Service.
  • Graduated high school from The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia
  • In December of 2004, she was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence.
  • Studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
  • New York City and Florida [Apr 2010]
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