Other Desert Cities
Polly Wyeth, the right-wing matriarch who would do just about anything to keep her family safe and scandal at bay.
Channing made her Broadway debut in Two Gentlemen of Verona in 1971. Other Desert Cities marks her 14th Broadway show, and she has received Tony nominations for half of them. Her many film and TV credits include Grease, The West Wing and The First Wives Club.
Other Honors for This Role:
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Actress in a Play
—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play
—Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination
1985: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, Joe Egg
1986: Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play, The House of Blue Leaves
1991: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play, Six Degrees of Separation
1992: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun
1999: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play, The Lion in Winter
2009: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, Pal Joey
Though Channing received worldwide recognition as Rizzo in the 1978 film Grease, the star told Broadway.com that she has only seen the iconic movie musical twice.
“This is one of the most extraordinary pieces I’ve ever done in my life.” —Channing in an interview with Broadway.com, 11/11