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Friday, February 13, 2015

71 Groovy Things about Stockard Channing on her birthday



Today I'm celebrating Stockard Channing's 71st birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Susan Antonia Williams Stockard was born on February 13, 1944, in New York City. She married her first husband, Walter Channing, in 1963 and kept the amalgamated name "Stockard Channing" after they divorced in 1967.

2. She started her acting career with the experimental Theatre Company of Boston and eventually performed in the group's Off-Broadway 1969 production of the Elaine May play, Adaptation/Next.

3. She made her Broadway debut in the 1971 rock musical, Two Gentlemen of Verona.

4. Her first uncredited film role was as an E.R. Nurse in the 1971 film, The Hospital, starring George C. Scott and Diana Rigg.

5. In February 1972, she made her television debut on Sesame Street in the role of the The Number Painter's female victim.



6. She played the uncredited role of "Judy Stanley" in the 1972 Barbra Streisand film, Up the Sandbox.

7. She appeared on Broadway with Eddie Albert and Nanette Fabray in the comedy, No Hard Feelings, which opened and closed on April 8, 1973.

8. Her first lead role was in the ABC TV movie, The Girl Most Likely to..., which was co-written by Joan Rivers and aired on November 6, 1973.

9. She appeared with Judy Canova and Bob Denver in an episode of Love, American Style on November 9, 1973.

10. She appeared with Dean Jones in an episode of the CBS medical drama, Medical Center, on February 25, 1974.

11. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - Female for the 1975 film, The Fortune, which starred Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson.

12. She sang to actor Fernando Lamas on The Tonight Show on July 1, 1975.



13. She played a car thief in the 1976 comedy, Sweet Revenge (aka Dandy, the All American Girl).

14. She starred in the 1976 disaster movie spoof, The Big Bus.



15. In 1977 she did a screen test for the role of Lois Lane in Superman: The Movie, but Margot Kidder got the part.



16. On May 22, 1977, she starred in the pilot episode of the short-lived ABC drama, Lucan, about a young man who was raised by wolves.

17. She played Peter Falk's secretary in the 1978 Neil Simon comedy, The Cheap Detective.

18. In 1978, at the age of 33, she played high school teenager Betty Rizzo in the movie musical, Grease.




19. She played deaf stuntwoman Kitty O'Neil in the 1979 biographical TV movie, Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story.

20. She played astrologer Mona Mondieu in the 1979 comedy, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (Cher was originally cast in the role, but she backed out at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts).

21. She starred in two short-lived CBS sitcoms - Stockard Channing in Just Friends (which aired for 13 episodes in 1979) and The Stockard Channing Show (which aired for 13 episodes in 1980).





22. In 1980-81, she played the female lead in the Broadway musical, They're Playing Our Song, and she promoted the show on The Merv Griffin Show on May 22, 1980.




23. She starred with Robert Klein, Eileen Heckart and Mindy Cohn in the HBO broadcast of the stage play, Table Settings, on April 26, 1982.

24. She played Kate Nelligan's friend and neighbor in the 1983 drama, Without a Trace.

25. She and Jeff Daniels starred in a 1984 Broadway production of the play, The Golden Age.

26. She replaced Liza Minnelli in the 1984 Broadway musical, The Rink (she and her Rink co-star Chita Rivera later performed "Class" from the musical, Chicago).



27. She received the 1985 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Joe Egg.



28. She received a 1986 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Bunny Flingus in the John Guare play, The House of Blue Leaves.

29. She appeared in the 1986 film, Heartburn, with Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.

30. She appeared in the 1986 drama, The Men's Club, starring Roy Scheider and Harvey Keitel.

31. She starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie, The Room Upstairs, which aired on CBS on January 31, 1987.



32. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special for the 1987 CBS miniseries, Echoes in the Darkness.

33. She received a 1988 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her performance in the Off-Broadway play, Woman in Mind.

34. She played the ex-wife of Harvey Fierstein's deceased lover in the 1988 HBO film, Tidy Endings (which was written by Fierstein).



35. She appeared in the 1989 film, Staying Together, with Sean Astin and Dermot Mulroney.

36. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special for the 1989 HBO film, Perfect Witness.

37. She played an insect disguised as a human in the 1989 comedy, Meet the Applegates.

38. She and John Rubinstein starred in the Broadway production of Love Letters in November 1989.

39. She received a 1991 Tony Award nomination for her performance in the John Guare play, Six Degrees of Separation.

40. She played Beau Bridges' wife in the 1991 film, Married to It.

41. She received a 1992 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Four Baboons Adoring the Sun.

42. She received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the 1993 film version of Six Degrees of Separation.



43. She received a 1994 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for the Canadian TV series, Road to Avonlea.

44. She starred at Lincoln Center in Tom Stoppard's Hapgood, which opened on November 11, 1994.

45. She appeared in the 1995 film, Smoke, with Harvey Keitel and Ashley Judd.



46. She appeared in the 1995 comedy, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.

47. She appeared in the 1996 drama, Up Close & Personal, starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer.

48. She and Jennifer Tilly starred in the 1996 comedy, Edie & Pen.

49. She made a cameo appearance in the 1996 comedy, The First Wives Club, as a college friend of the three stars - Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn.

50. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special for the 1996 USA Network film, An Unexpected Family, which she promoted on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on December 4, 1996. She also starred in the 1998 sequel, An Unexpected Life.



51. She starred in the 1997 Broadway revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes.

52. She appeared in the 1998 film, Twilight, with Paul Newman and Susan Sarandon.

53. She received an Emmy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for the 1998 TV movie, The Baby Dance, which also starred Laura Dern.

54. She played Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman's aunt in the 1998 romantic comedy, Practical Magic, which she promoted on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on October 5, 1998.



55. She received a 1999 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in The Lion in Winter, which also starred Laurence Fishburne.

56. She appeared in the 2000 film, Isn't She Great, as the best friend of author Jacqueline Susann (played by Bette Midler).

57. She starred in the 2000 film, Where the Heart Is, with Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd.

58. She and Julia Stiles starred in the 2001 film, The Business of Strangers, which she promoted on the Today Show on November 29, 2001.



59. She received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance as Matthew Shepard's mother Judy in the 2002 TV movie, The Matthew Shepard Story.

60. She appeared in the 2002 film, Life or Something Like It, starring Angelina Jolie and Edward Burns.

61. She received a 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as First Lady Abbey Bartlett in the 1999-2006 NBC drama, The West Wing (she received five other Emmy Award nominations for this role).



62. In 2003, she received the GLAAD Golden Gate Award, which is presented to individuals in media and entertainment who have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.

63. She played Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts' mother in the 2003 film, Le Divorce.

64. She played Christina Ricci's mother in the 2003 Woody Allen film, Anything Else.

65. She received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special for her performance in the 2004 TV drama, Jack.

66. She appeared in the 2005 romantic comedy, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack.

67. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the 2005-2006 CBS sitcom, Out of Practice, which also starred Henry Winkler and Jennifer Tilly.

68. She received a 2009 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Vera Simpson in Pal Joey.



69. She received a 2012 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Other Desert Cities.



70. Since 2012, she has played Julianna Margulies' mother on the CBS drama, The Good Wife.

71. She currently stars in Terrence McNally's comedy, It's Only a Play, which opened on Broadway on October 9, 2014.

3 comments:

joel65913 said...

Love her! Very cool clips, that one of the Merv Griffin show with Ethel Merman and she is amazing.

Anonymous said...

Looks like someone at DeepDish knows how to search on YouTube,

Marc Harshbarger said...

Glad you enjoyed the post, Joel!

And, Anonymous, I hope you liked the post as well.