Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an American actress. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Janney was raised in Dayton, Ohio. She won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the summer of 1984. After years of minor and uncredited film and television appearances, Janney's breakthrough occurred with her portrayal of Press Secretary C.J. Cregg on the NBC's political drama The West Wing (1999–2006) for which she received four Primetime Emmy Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards each. The character was widely popular during the airing of the series and was later recognised as one of the greatest female characters on American television as well as being hailed as a feminist role model. In 2014, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Margaret Scully on the Showtime's period drama Masters of Sex. In 2014 and 2015, she won Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Bonnie Plunkett on the CBS sitcom Mom (2013–present).
Janney made her Broadway debut in the 1996 revival of Present Laughter and received Drama Desk Awards for her performances in the 1997 Broadway revival of A View From the Bridge, and the 2009 original Broadway production of the musical 9 to 5. She also received Tony Award nominations for the latter two.
Her film roles include Private Parts (1997), Primary Colors (1998), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Hours (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), Over the Hedge (2006), Hairspray (2007), Juno (2007), The Way, Way Back (2013), Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014), Tammy (2014), Get On Up (2014), Spy (2015), Minions (2015), Finding Dory (2016), The Girl on the Train (2016), and Tallulah (2016). In 2017, her performance as LaVona Golden in the black comedy I, Tonya garnered widespread acclaim and earned her numerous accolades, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics Choice Award, and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In her career, Janney has received various accolades including an Academy Award, seven Primetime Emmy Awards, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, six Critics Choice Awards, and two Drama Desk Awards.
Allison Brooks Janney was born on November 19, 1959 in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She is the daughter of Macy Brooks (née Putnam), a former actress and homemaker, and Jervis Spencer "Jerv" Janney, Jr., a real estate developer and jazz musician. She is one of three siblings.
Janney attended The Miami Valley School in Dayton, where she was named a distinguished alumna in 2004, and the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, where she was named Alumna of the Year in 2016. She then attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. At Kenyon, she studied with Paul Newman, an alumnus of Kenyon. He directed her in a play as the inaugural event of the school's newly dedicated Bolton Theater. Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward encouraged Janney to continue acting. She then went on to train at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and did summer programs at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She attended The Neighborhood Playhouse the same years as actor Dylan McDermott. She completed two year's at the Neighborhood Playhouse along with Steven Rogers.
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Janney's first role on television was in the short-lived black-and-white faux-1940s comedy Morton & Hayes; she appeared in two episodes of the 1991 CBS series as Eddie Hayes' wife. She then moved on to soap operas: she first played Vi Kaminski for a short time on As the World Turns, following up with a two-year role as Ginger, one of the Spaulding maids, on Guiding Light. In the spring of 1994, she appeared in the season four finale of Law & Order, as a reluctant witness against a member of the Russian mob. She was also a cast member on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion.
In 1999, she was cast in the role of presidential press secretary C.J. Cregg on the television drama The West Wing, for which she eventually won four Emmy Awards. Two of the Emmys were for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2000 and 2001, and two were for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the years 2002 and 2004. She was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the 2003 and 2006 Primetime Emmys. Janney won two Screen Actors Guild awards for Best Actress in a dramatic series, in 2001 and 2002. The cast of The West Wing won the Screen Actor's Guild award for Best Ensemble in a dramatic series the same two years. Additional accolades for Janney's work in The West Wing include four Golden Globe award nominations, and a nomination in 2002 for American Film Institute's Actor of the Year. In January 2006, The West Wing's cast was also nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast.
Janney appeared in the short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip in a guest appearance as herself (episode: "The Disaster Show"). In 2010, she appeared as Allison Pearson in In Plain Sight. In May 2010, she appeared in the antepenultimate episode of the ABC television series Lost as the adoptive mother of the show's two mythological opponents, Jacob and the Man in Black. She starred in the ABC network comedy Mr. Sunshine. The series, which was created by Matthew Perry, was a midseason replacement for the 2010–11 television season. In 2014, Janney won two Emmy Awards. For her role in the series Mom, opposite Anna Faris, she won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, while for her recurring role in Masters of Sex, she won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. On the Disney Channel animated show Phineas and Ferb Janney voiced Charlene.
Janney has appeared in numerous films, including the 1990s films American Beauty, The Object of My Affection, Big Night, The Impostors, Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Ice Storm, Primary Colors, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Private Parts, and the early 2000s films Nurse Betty, The Hours, The Chumscrubber, How to Deal, Winter Solstice and a considerable voice role in the animated movie Finding Nemo, voicing Peach, the starfish.
In 2006, she had roles in the feature films Margaret and Over the Hedge. That same year, Janney was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in the film Our Very Own. In 2007, she appeared in Juno, playing the part of Bren MacGuff, the title character's stepmother, for which she won Best Supporting Actress in the Austin Film Critics Association Awards 2007. In the same year, Janney appeared in the Golden-Globe-nominated film, Hairspray, as Prudy Pingleton, Penny's (Amanda Bynes) strict and religious mother. She appeared in such films as The Help (2011), Struck By Lightning (2012) and Liberal Arts (2012). Janney appeared in the 2015 films Spy and The DUFF. She then co-starred in the fantasy film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and portrayed a homicide detective in the mystery thriller The Girl on the Train.
In 2017, Janney starred in the biographical black comedy I, Tonya, portraying LaVona Fay Golden. Her performance received wide critical acclaim, with various critics and publications citing her performance as the film's highlight and one of the best of her career. Janney received various accolades for her performance including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Janney has remained active in theater. Her first Broadway role was in the 1996 revival of Present Laughter, opposite Frank Langella. In 1998, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. In 2007, she participated in a workshop for a new musical of the film 9 to 5. In late 2008, Janney joined Broadway stars Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and Marc Kudisch in the new musical, 9 to 5. Based on the film of the same name, Janney starred as Violet Newstead, the super-efficient office manager played by Lily Tomlin in the original film. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for the role. In 2017 Janney returned to Broadway to play the leading role of Ouisa Kittredge in John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation.
In 2004, she began lending her voice to television and radio spots created by Kaiser Permanente in the health maintenance organization's broad "Thrive" media campaign, and in a radio campaign for the American Institute of Architects. In September 2010, it was announced that Janney would be the voice of the Aly San San spokesdroid in the Disney attraction, Star Tours: The Adventure Continues. The attraction later opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland. In October 2016, Janney became the first woman to receive the Alumni Award of The Hotchkiss School and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in the television industry, located at 6100 Hollywood Boulevard.
|1989||Who Shot Patakango?||Miss Penny|
|1994||Cowboy Way, TheThe Cowboy Way||NYPD computer operator|
|1994||Miracle on 34th Street||Woman in Christmas Shop|
|1995||Heading Home||Mary Polanski|
|1996||Walking and Talking||Gum Puller|
|1996||Associate, TheThe Associate||Sandy|
|1997||Anita Liberty||Gynecologist||Short film|
|1997||Private Parts||Dee Dee|
|1997||Ice Storm, TheThe Ice Storm||Dot Halford|
|1997||Julian Po||Lilah Leech|
|1998||Primary Colors||Miss Walsh|
|1998||Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My Affection||Constance Miller|
|1998||Impostors, TheThe Impostors||Maxine|
|1998||Six Days, Seven Nights||Marjorie, Robin's boss|
|1999||10 Things I Hate About You||Ms. Perky|
|1999||Drop Dead Gorgeous||Loretta|
|1999||American Beauty||Barbara Fitts|
|2000||Leaving Drew||Paula||Short film|
|2000||Auto Motives||Gretchen||Short film|
|2000||Nurse Betty||Lyla Branch|
|2000||Rooftop Kisses||Melissa||Short film|
|2002||Hours, TheThe Hours||Sally Lester|
|2003||Finding Nemo||Peach (voice)|
|2003||How to Deal||Lydia Martin|
|2003||Chicken Party||Barbara Strasser||Short film|
|2004||Piccadilly Jim||Eugenia Crocker|
|2004||Winter Solstice||Molly Ripkin|
|2005||Strangers with Candy||Alice|
|2005||Chumscrubber, TheThe Chumscrubber||Allie Stifle|
|2005||Our Very Own||Joan Whitfield|
|2006||Over the Hedge||Gladys Sharp (voice)|
|2007||Juno||Brenda "Bren" MacGuff|
|2008||Pretty Ugly People||Suzanna|
|2008||Prop 8: The Musical||Prop 8 leader's wife|
|2009||Away We Go||Lily|
|2009||Life During Wartime||Trish Maplewood|
|2011||Margaret||Wounded woman / Monica Patterson|
|2011||Thousand Words, AA Thousand Words||Samantha Davis|
|2011||Help, TheThe Help||Charlotte Phelan|
|2012||Oranges, TheThe Oranges||Cathy Ostroff|
|2012||Struck By Lightning||Sheryl Phillips|
|2012||Liberal Arts||Prof. Judith Fairfield|
|2013||Way Way Back, TheThe Way Way Back||Betty Thompson|
|2013||Days and Nights||Elizabeth|
|2013||Bad Words||Dr. Bernice Deagan|
|2013||Brightest Star||The Astronomer|
|2014||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Mrs. Grunion (voice)|
|2014||The Rewrite||Mary Weldon|
|2014||Get On Up||Kathy|
|2015||The DUFF||Dottie Piper|
|2015||Minions||Madge Nelson (voice)|
|2016||Tallulah||Margaret "Margo" Mooney|
|2016||Finding Dory||Peach (voice)||Cameo|
|2016||Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children||Dr. Nancy Golan/Mr. Barron|
|2016||The Girl on the Train||Detective Riley|
|2017||A Happening of Monumental Proportions||Unknown|
|2017||Sun Dogs||Rose Chipley|
|2017||I, Tonya||LaVona Fay Golden|
|1991||Morton & Hayes||Beatrice Caldicott-Hayes||2 episodes|
|1992||Law & Order||Nora||Episode: "Star Struck"|
|1993||Blind Spot||Doreen||Television film|
|1993–1995||Guiding Light||Ginger||Unknown episodes|
|1994||Law & Order||Ann Madsen||Episode: "Old Friends"|
|1995||The Wright Verdicts||Alice Klein||Episode: "Sins of the Father"|
|1995||New York Undercover||Vivian||Episode: "Digital Underground"|
|1996||Aliens in the Family||Principal Sherman||Episode: "A Very Brody Tweeznax"|
|1996||Cosby||Podiatric Nurse||Episode: "Happily Ever Hilton"|
|1997||...First Do No Harm||Dr. Melanie Abbasac||Television film|
|1997||Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing||Assistant District Attorney||Television film|
|1998||David and Lisa||Alix||Television film|
|1999||LateLine||Helen Marschant||Episode: "The Minister of Television"|
|1999–2006||West Wing, TheThe West Wing||C.J. Cregg||145 episodes|
|2000||A Girl Thing||Kathy McCormack||Television film|
|2001–2002||Frasier||Phyllis (voice) / Susanna||2 episodes|
|2003||King of the Hill||Laura||Episode: "Full Metal Dust Jacket"|
|2005||Weeds||Ms. Greenstein||Episode: "Lude Awakening"|
|2007||Two and a Half Men||Beverly||Episode: "My Damn Stalker"|
|2007||Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Herself||Episode: "The Disaster Show"|
|2008–2013||Phineas and Ferb||Charlene Doofenshmirtz (voice)||9 episodes|
|2010–2015||Family Guy||Mistress Vita/Crystal Quagmire/Teen People Editor (voice)||3 episodes|
|2010||Lost||"Mother"||Episode: "Across the Sea"|
|2010||In Plain Sight||Allison Pearson||2 episodes|
|2011||Glenn Martin, DDS||Marcia||Episode: "GlennHog Day"|
|2011||Mr. Sunshine||Crystal Cohen||13 episodes|
|2012||The Big C||Rita Strauss||Episode: "Life Rights"|
|2012||Robot Chicken||Grammi Gummi/Woman (voice)||Episode: "In Bed Surrounded by Loved Ones"|
|2013||Veep||Janet Ryland||Episode: "First Response"|
|2013–2015||Masters of Sex||Margaret Scully||9 episodes|
|2013–present||Mom||Bonnie Plunkett||Main cast|
|2014||Web Therapy||Judith Frick||2 episodes|
|2016||The Simpsons||Julia (voice)||Episode: "Friends and Family"|
|2016||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Herself||Episode: "Allison Janney Wears a Chambray Western Shirt and Suede Fringe Boots"|
|2017||F Is for Family||Henrietta Van Horne (voice)||3 episodes|
|2017||American Dad!||Jessie (voice)||Episode: "Family Plan"|
|2018||DuckTales||Goldie O'Gilt (voice)|
|2016||Let Me Be Your Girl||Clown||Artist: Rachael Yamagata; Director: Josh Radnor|
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