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Stockard Channing cast in 'The Good Wife'

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Stockard Channing has been cast in the The Good Wife.

The Six Degrees of Separation actress will star in the CBS drama as the mother of Julianna Margulies's character Alicia Florrick, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Channing will appear in at least one episode during The Good Wife's fourth season.

Alicia's mother is billed as "mercurial" and influenced by her 1960s counterculture youth.

Channing has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, and is best known for playing First Lady Abbey Bartlet on NBC's The West Wing and Betty Rizzo in Grease.

The double Emmy winner also appeared in two short-lived CBS sitcoms, 1979's Stockard Channing in Just Friends and 1980's self-titled Stockard Channing Show.

The Good Wife's fourth season premiere airs this Sunday (September 30).

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