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STOCKARD CHANNING (Verna) received a wide range of accolades for her performance in the film and stage versions of "Six Degrees of Separation." She garnered Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for her film performance and received a Tony Award nomination for the New York stage version. She also received a nomination for an Olivier Award when she reprised the role at London's Royal Court Theatre.

Following "Six Degrees of Separation," Channing was seen in Wayne Wang's film "Smoke," Jon Avnet's "Up Close and Personal," Beeban Kidron's "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar," "The First Wives Club" and "Moll Flanders."

One of America's leading stage actresses, Channing won a Tony Award in 1985 for her work in "Joe Egg," which also brought her Drama Desk and Outer Critic's Circle Award nominations. She earned Tony Award nominations for John Guare's "House of Blue Leaves" and "Four Baboons Adoring the Sun." She has also been honored for her work off-Broadway with a Drama Desk Award for "Woman in Mind."

Most recently, Channing received a Drama Desk nomination for her starring role in Tom Stoppard's "Hapgood" at Lincoln Center. Her theatre repertoire also includes the Broadway Shows "They're Playing Our Song," "The Rink," A.R. Gurney's "The Golden Age," "Love Letters" and the off-Broadway productions of "Lady and the Clarinet," "The Homecoming," "Absurd Person Singular," "As You Like It" and "Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Channing's first major film success was in Mike Nichol's "The Fortune," in which she starred with Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. She followed with the hit movie "Grease," earning critical acclaim and a People's Choice Award for her portrayal of Rizzo. Later, she reteamed with Mike Nichols and Jack Nicholson in "Heartburn," also starring Meryl Streep. Channing's additional film credits include such diverse films as "Without a Trace," "The Cheap Detective," "Sweet Revenge," "The Big Bus," "A Time of Destiny," "Staying Together," "Meet the Applegates" and Arthur Hiller's ensemble comedy "Married to It."

On the small screen, Channing has been honored three times with Emmy Award nominations. The first, for the CBS mini-series "Echoes in the Darkness" and then for the Disney Channel's "The Road to Avonlea." She was also nominated for the HBO telefilm "Perfect Witness." In 1988, she won the Cable ACE Award for her work on "On Tidy Endings." Her television credits include "The Stockard Channing Show," the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "The Room Upstairs" and "The Girl Most Likely To..." Channing was also seen in the CBS film "David's Mother." Recently, Channing starred in USA Network's "Unexpected Family" in which Channing plays a woman forced to take car of her sister's children. For this performance, she received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries. Channing has also starred in Showtime's "Lily Dale," by Horton Foote, opposite Mary Stuart Masterson and Sam Shepard, and in the NBC pilot "The Prosecutors."

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