Dear Stockard Channing,
The first time I saw you was in 1973 in a dark made-for-TV comedy, “The Girl Most Likely To...” Then the next time was in 1978, in probably your most well-known role as Rizzo in “Grease.” Loved it!
“…But I can feel and I can cry.
A fact I'll bet you never knew.
But to cry in front of you,
That's the worse thing I could do.”
You are a wonderful actress, showing up in television, stage and film. And they even use your voice to narrate books-on-tape and shows like Meerkat Manor! Now Stockard, may I ask you about your name? I see you changed your first name to Stockard, which was originally your surname. And I understand that Channing was the surname of the 1st of your 4 husbands. May I ask what your friends call you? Is it Stock? Stockie? Do you even have a nickname? Did you know that Stockard means “yard of tree stumps?” I know your birth name is: Susan Antonia Williams Stockard. Talk about a long name! It must have been a killer, practicing name-writing when you were a kid. Yikes! However, I must say this--you certainly don’t look like a ‘Susan.’ I think ‘Stockard’ fits you more. You are fascinating to watch and are very unique. Therefore, your name should be unique too!
Happy 67th Birthday, Stockie!
Regards, Mrs Love