Janney in 2008
Allison Brooks Janney|
November 19, 1959
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an American actress. She is the recipient of such accolades as 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, two Drama Desk Awards, and an Independent Spirit Award.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Janney won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the summer of 1984, following her graduation from Kenyon College. After years of minor and uncredited film and television appearances, Janney's breakthrough occurred with her portrayal of White House Press Secretary (and later White House Chief of Staff) C. J. Cregg on the NBC political drama The West Wing (1999–2006), for which she received four Primetime Emmy Awards. 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 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Margaret Scully on the Showtime period drama Masters of Sex. In 2014 and 2015, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Bonnie Plunkett on the CBS sitcom Mom (2013–present).
Janney made her professional stage debut in 1989, with Off-Broadway production Ladies. She made her Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of Present Laughter for which she received the Theatre World Award. Since her debut she has appeared in three Broadway productions; the 1997 revival of A View from the Bridge, the 2009 original production of the musical 9 to 5, and the 2017 revival of Six Degrees of Separation. For the first and second from these she won the Drama Desk Awards and received nominations for the Tony Award.
Her film roles include Private Parts (1997), The Object of My Affection (1997), Primary Colors (1998), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), American Beauty (1999), Nurse Betty (2000), The Hours (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), Over the Hedge (2006), Hairspray (2007), Juno (2007), The Way, Way Back (2013), Mr. Peabody & 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 I, Tonya garnered widespread acclaim and earned her numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Early life and educationEdit
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 School of the Theatre 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 years 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, entitled "Old Friends", 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 political drama The West Wing, for which she eventually won four Primetime Emmy Awards. Two of them were for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2000 and 2001, and the other two were for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2002 and 2004. She received two more nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2003 and 2006. Janney also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series in 2001 and 2002, while the cast of The West Wing won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series the same two exact years as well. Additional nominations for Janney's work in The West Wing include four Golden Globe Award nominations (2001–2004) and the AFI Award for Actor of the Year – Female – TV Series (2001). In 2001, she won the Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama.
Janney appeared in the short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip in a guest appearance as herself in the 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 mid-season replacement for the 2010–11 television season. For her role in the sitcom Mom, opposite Anna Faris, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring role in the period drama Masters of Sex. 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 the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female 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 the Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress. In the same year, Janney appeared in the Golden Globe Award-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 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 the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, and BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
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 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 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 Adventures Continue. 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.
In interviews related to her role on Mom, Janney discussed her brother, Hal, who fought addiction and committed suicide. On March 4, 2018, Janney dedicated her Academy Award win to him during her acceptance speech.
|1989||Who Shot Patakango?||Miss Penny|
|1994||The 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|
|1997||Anita Liberty||Gynecologist||Short film|
|1997||Private Parts||Dee Dee|
|1997||The Ice Storm||Dot Halford|
|1997||Julian Po||Lilah Leech|
|1998||Primary Colors||Miss Walsh|
|1998||The Object of My Affection||Constance Miller|
|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||The 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||The 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||A Thousand Words||Samantha Davis|
|2011||The Help||Charlotte Phelan|
|2012||The Oranges||Cathy Ostroff|
|2012||Struck by Lightning||Sheryl Phillips|
|2012||Liberal Arts||Prof. Judith Fairfield|
|2013||The 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||Prof. 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 Golden|
|2019||Troupe Zero||Miss Massey||Post-production|
|2019||The Addams Family||Margaux Needler (voice)||In production|
|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||The 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)||Episode: "The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains!"|
|2016||Let Me Be Your Girl||Clown||Artist: Rachael Yamagata; Director: Josh Radnor|
Awards and nominationsEdit
Throughout her career, Janney has received multitude of accolades from various organizations, societies and guilds. For her stage work, she has won two Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, the Clarence Derwent Award, the Theater World Award and two nominations for a Tony Award. She holds the distinction for being one of only three people ever to win two Primetime Emmy Awards in the same calender year. Additionally, she has received seven Primetime Emmys and has been nominated fourteen times, making her the second most awarded thespian in Emmy history.
She has been nominated for six Golden Globe Awards, a British Academy Film Award winning one for each and by earning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress honor for I, Tonya. She has also received six Critics Choice Awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.
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