Stockard Channing is an American star of stage, screen and television. She returns to Broadway this fall in the upcoming revival of Terrence McNally's It's Only A Play at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, alongside a star-studded cast which includes Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally.|
She made her Broadway debut in 1971 in Two Gentlemen of Verona — The Musical, working with playwright John Guare, and returned to the stage in 1973 in a supporting role in No Hard Feelings at the Martin Beck Theatre. Further credits included They're Playing Our Song (1980–81) and Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg which she played on Broadway in March 1985, and won the 1985 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.
Channing earned further Tony Award nominations for her roles in The House of Blue Leaves (1986) and Six Degrees of Separation (1990), Four Baboons Adoring the Sun (1992) and The Lion in Winter (1999). Her more recent Broadway appearances include Vera Simpson in the musical Pal Joey (2009), for which she was nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, and Other Desert Cities at the Lincoln Center and then Broadway, for which she was nominated for the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actress in a Play and the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.
Her numerous Film roles include the film version of Six Degrees of Separation for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her performance, and the iconic role of 'Rizzo' in Grease. She is well known on the small screen for her role as First Lady Abbey Bartlet in the NBC television series The West Wing.