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Born: February 13, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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"I can only act. I tried to give it up years ago but I couldn't do it. I can't do anything else, really. I wouldn't know what to do in an office. It's too late now, anyway. Most people, when they go to work, they go an office and sit there and do things I would have no idea of how to do. I can't type. I can't write a letter. I'm absolutely ignorant in many ways that everyubody takes for granted."---Stockard Channing, quoted in Movieline, 1991.

"What I love about the theater is the moment of absolute solitude you have in the dark. You're going to walk out of the dark into the light. And something's going to happen."---Stockard Channing, quoted in New York, October 22, 1990.

"I was brought up in a very conventional background to be the sort of woman who marries some guy with money and has the house and the kids in prep schools and lives this very protected life. On the other hand, I went off and joined the circus."---Channing quoted in The New York Times, March 6, 1994.

"I went to Texas to do 'Lily Dale' (Showtime, 1996), a Horton Foote movie ... Horton, whom I'd never met, had these understandable qualms about this northern person playing his grandmother. Well, I got down to Texas and this voice came out of me. Horton said, 'What's that voice? Where are you from?' It was a voice so far out of my past."

"'Lily Dale' put me back to that lost part of my childhood. My young mother and my old father would go off on business trips and send my sister Lesly and me down to Pensacola to stay with Aunt Lucy, born in the 1880s, who had raised my father. I was the kind of kid who imitated everybody, the family clown, the storyteller. 'Lily Dale' opened up some deep part of me that remembered those voices, and when that film was over, I didn't want to let that go." Then came 'Little Foxes', set inland of Mobile. "Now you have to know that Pensacola is just over the border from Mobile."---Stockard Channing to John Guare in New York, April 21, 1997.

"I never went to drama school or anything. I just started working on the stage and learning from experience. I don't think I was always very good. I didn't have mentors; I could have used a couple. But you have to respect every possible way that performers achieve what they achieve. All that matters is what's on the stage--telling the story, moving people, making them laugh. That's what the job is. I don't care if it's about the hat you wear, or if you have to drink a bottle of Scotch to do it. Everyone should have their own thing, and how they get there is their own problem to solve. I do think there is snobbery about this."---Stockard Channing quoted in InTheater, April 12, 1999.

"I'm not in competition with my past. I was never a star. I don't bring a lot of 'stuff' with me, which may be an advantage. I have others ... I don't worry about being a has-been because I've already been one."---Channing on her successful career, told TV Guide, March 15-22, 2002.

"Stockard never has a complaint, never makes excuses, never frets about age or shape or typecasting or anything of that nature. She's just a classic dame, a great broad."---"The West Wing" co-star Martin Sheen quoted in TV Guide, March 15-22, 2002.

On December 14, 2004, Stockard Channing was arrested for investigation of drunken driving after she tried to drive around a roadblock. She was charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving while under the influence of alcohol

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