'Grease' cast: Where are they now?

Slideshow posted in Photos | Thursday, August 04, 2011

3 of 15: Stockard Channing - Rizzo
Stockard Channing played Rizzo in the 1978 film. Though the actress was supposed to be playing a senior in high school, Channing was actually 34 years old.

In 1979 and 1980 Channing launched two failed sitcoms on CBS titled 'Stockard Channing in Just Friends' and 'The Stockard Channing Show' respectively.

The actress returned to Broadway during most of the 80s with roles in 'They're Playing Our Song' and 'A Day in the Death of Joe Egg,' which earned her a Tony Award for Best Actress in 1985.

Channing returned to the silver screen in 1993 when she reprised her Broadway role in 'Six Degrees of Separation,' with Will Smith. The role earned her Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. She went on to star in the films 'To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,' 'The First Wives Club,' 'Smoke' and 'Up Close and Personal.'

In 1999 she returned to television as First Lady Abby Bartlet in the NBC hit series 'The West Wing.' She won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2002 for her role on the series.

The actress has also done some voice work, narrating the series 'Meerkat Manor' in 2008 before returning to Broadway in 2009 to star in the musical 'Pal Joey.'

Channing has been married four times. Her last marriage was to writer-producer David Debin. The couple divorced in 1980 and she has been involved with cinematographer Daniel Gillham for the last 20 years.

(Pictured: Channing in 'Grease' and the actress in the 2010 movie 'Multiple Sarcasms.') ( Photo / Paramount / Multiple Avenue Releasing)