Stockard Channing From 'Grease' Is 77 & Looks Unrecognizable Decades after the Musical Debuted
Stockard Channing of "Grease" fame is 77 and now looks unrecognizable years after the musical first debuted. Her last appearance was on the show "Lorraine" in October 2017, and fans were torn about her look.
Stockard Channing is best known for her role on "Grease" and "The West Wing," but she was most recently involved in a theater production in London as she prefers being on stage.
She played rebellious Betty Rizzon in the 1978 musical, and it remains to be one of the most iconic musical films of all time. Although she hasn't appeared in a major motion picture since then, she continued to act in films and stage plays.
I’d love it if they still cast Stockard Channing as Rizzo, in keeping with the spirit of the original pic.twitter.com/QrmjOlgjyV
— Michael Fry (@BigDirtyFry) July 17, 2021
However, in 2017, she made an appearance in a television interview for "Lorraine." She discussed her career and the differences between all the roles she took on over the years.
While she spoke about her then-role in the play "Apologia" alongside "Downton Abbey's" Laura Carmichael, viewers were more interested in her appearance, 40 years after she brought life to the sassy leader of the Pink Ladies.
— Lorraine (@lorraine) October 17, 2017
Twitter went into overdrive as the fans were left baffled by the then-74-year-old actress' new look. Fans could not believe how much she had changed, and several of them took to social media to express their shock.
Fortunately for Channing, there were also others who came to her rescue, reminding everyone that she isn't exactly young anymore, after all. A surgeon suggested that Channing must have undergone botox on her forehead as it remained smooth, which has also resulted in the arched shape of her eyebrows.
— Screen Rant (@screenrant) July 18, 2021
Aside from "Grease," Channing has also appeared in several smaller films, including "Practical Magic" and "The Business of Strangers." On TV, she appeared on "Avonlea," "Hitler: The Rise of Evil," and "The West Wing."
She is under no illusion that she is most remembered for her portrayal of Rizzo. Channing told the "Lorraine" host that she is the world's "oldest living teenager" as she played the role of the high school graduate when she was already 34.
The 13-time Emmy Award nominee and seven-time Tony Award nominee also admitted that she had watched the movie only twice. She saw it the first time when it originally opened and during a special screening on the 20th anniversary of the film.
The actress attended the second viewing with a friend and her little daughter, who kept wondering how she could be in two places at once. Channing felt that her character Rizzo's appeal was in her vulnerability.
The #Grease prequel 'Rise of the Pink Ladies' has been picked up to series at Paramount+. Set four years before the events of the original film, it will tell the story of four fed-up, outcast girls who change Rydell High forever https://t.co/mvRu0U2IW8
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 18, 2021
In 2017, the actress appeared in a play on Broadway. The play had a 16-week run, and she commended the people she was working with during that time.
More recently, she spoke about her appearance on "The West Wing." She starred as first lady Dr. Abigail Barlet, wife of President Josiah Barlet, played by Martin Sheen.
Happy birthday, Stockard Channing.
The Emmy winner for THE WEST WING + Oscar nominee for SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (1993) is 76 today.
— getTV (@gettv) February 14, 2020
At that moment, they became one of the most beloved couples on TV. Speaking about their chemistry, she said:
"We had this chemistry from the beginning. I don't know what it was, but we had it and it didn't go away. It was a happy accident."
— i newspaper (@theipaper) August 2, 2017
Of all the roles she's played in her life, playing Rizzo on "Grease" and Dr. Barlet on "The West Wing" top her list as the most memorable. She's kept a low profile in more recent years, with her last appearance being on the press night performance of "Ian McKellen On Stage" at Duke Of York's Theatre on March 7, 2019 in London, England.