Her parents were Mary Alice nee English and well-to-do shipping executive Lester Napier Stockard; the latter died when his daughter was 16 and left her a sizable estate. She majored in both literature and history at Radcliffe College, from which she graduated summa cum laude in In she married Walter Channing Jr. Interested in acting, Stockard made her stage debut in a production of "The Investigation" at the experimental Theatre Company of Boston in She went on to play a number of offbeat roles with the company. She eventually migrated to New York where she took her first Broadway bow as a chorus member and understudy in the musical version of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" in
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Birthday: Feb 13, After a few brief appearances in feature films, Channing won what should have been the role of a lifetime opposite movie icons Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson in the Mike Nichols comedy "The Fortune" But when that film - as well as the next few she appeared in - were commercial busts, her nascent movie career was already in decline. That is, until Channing was cast in the role of the bad-girl with a heart-of-gold, Rizzo, in the smash musical "Grease" The rollercoaster ride continued, however, when two television series met ignominious ends, and feature efforts like "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh" were met with disdain. It was at this point that Channing returned to the stage and enjoyed a series of indisputable successes, with turns in "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" in , for which she won a Tony Award. Channing was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the film "Six Degrees of Separation" , an adaptation of the play she had starred in three years prior. The actresses' initial appearance on the show proved so popular that producers quickly added her to the regular cast. It was a wise decision, as Channing went on to receive several Emmy nominations for the role, winning in
She won a Daytime Emmy Award in for her role in Jack. Channing made her television debut on Sesame Street in the role of The Number Painter's female victim. She landed her first leading role in the television movie The Girl Most Likely to She had her cheeks puffed out with cotton and her nose was wadded, too, to make it thick and off-center. Very thick eyebrows were drawn on her face and she wore padded clothes to make her look fat. Making her look beautiful was easy. Despite Channing being tagged "the next big thing" in cinema, and the actress herself considering this some of the best work of her career, the movie did poorly at the box office, and did not prove to be the break-through role Channing hoped it would be.