Allison Janney

Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an American actress. A seven-time Primetime Emmy Award winner for her television work, her first four Emmy wins were for her role as C.J. Cregg on the NBC drama The West Wing (1999–2006). In 2014, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Margaret Scully on the Showtime series Masters of Sex. In 2014 and 2015, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Bonnie Plunkett on the CBS sitcom Mom.

Janney, who won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the summer of 1984, made her Broadway debut in the 1996 revival of Present Laughter. She won Drama Desk Awards for 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 both. Her film roles include Primary Colors (1998), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), American Beauty (1999), The Hours (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), Hairspray (2007), Juno (2007), The Help (2011), The Way Way Back (2013), Get On Up (2014), and Spy (2015).

    Early life and education

    Janney was born and raised in Ludlow Falls, Ohio. She is the daughter of Macy Brooks (née Putnam), a former actress and homemaker, and Jervis Spencer 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. 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.

    Janney at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

    Career

    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 one of the Spaulding maids, Ginger on Guiding Light. In the spring of 1994, she appeared in the season 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.

    She 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 2000s films Nurse Betty, The Hours, The Chumscrubber, How to Deal, Winter Solstice and a considerable 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.

    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 - Drama Series in 2000 and 2001, and two were for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - 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. Many outdoor scenes on The West Wing were filmed in Washington, D.C. The West Wing ended in January 2006, and the last episode aired four months later. In January 2006, West Wing's cast was also nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast.[]

    Janney at The Heart Truth Fashion Show, 2008

    In 2006, 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 the short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip in a guest appearance as herself (episode: "The Disaster Show").

    Janney has remained active in theater. In 1998, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. Her first Broadway role was in Present Laughter, opposite Frank Langella. 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 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 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 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. She appeared in such films as The Help (2011), Struck By Lightning (2012) and Liberal Arts (2012).

    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. In 2015, she appeared in the films Spy and The Duff. She is set to star in the upcoming fantasy film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

    Personal life

    Janney has never married and has no children. In September 2015, it was reported that she has been dating IATSE production coordinator Philip Joncas.

    Filmography

    Film

    Year Title Role Notes
    1989 Who Shot Patakango? Miss Penny
    1993 Blind Spot Doreen Television film
    1994 Dead Funny Jennifer
    1994 Cowboy Way, TheThe Cowboy Way NYPD computer operator
    1994 Wolf Party guest
    1994 Miracle on 34th Street Christmas shopper
    1995 Heading Home Unknown role
    1996 Flux Heather
    1996 Rescuing Desire Betsy
    1996 Walking and Talking Gum Puller
    1996 Big Night Ann
    1996 Faithful Saleswoman
    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
    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 Primary Colors Miss Walsh
    1998 Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My Affection Constance Miller
    1998 Impostors, TheThe Impostors Maxine
    1998 David and Lisa Alix Television movie
    1998 Six Days Seven Nights Marjorie, Robin's boss
    1998 Celebrity Evelyn Isaacs
    1999 10 Things I Hate About You Ms. Perky
    1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous Loretta
    1999 American Beauty Barbara Fitts
    1999 The Debtors Unknown
    2000 Leaving Drew Paula Short film
    2000 Auto Motives Gretchen Short film
    2000 Nurse Betty Lyla Branch
    2000 Rooftop Kisses Melissa Short film
    2000 A Girl Thing Kathy McCormack Television movie
    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 Hairspray Prudy Pingleton
    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
    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
    2013 Days and Nights Elizabeth
    2013 Bad Words Dr. Bernice Deagan
    2013 Trust Me Meg
    2014 Tammy Deb
    2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Mrs. Grunion (voice)
    2014 The Rewrite Mary Weldon
    2014 Get On Up Kathy
    2015 The Duff Dottie
    2015 Spy Elaine Crocker
    2015 Minions Madge Nelson (voice)
    2016 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Dr. Golan Filming
    2016 Tallulah Filming
    2016 The Girl on the Train Filming

    Television

    Year Title Role Notes
    1991 Morton & Hayes Beatrice Caldicott Episode: "Society Saps"
    1991 Morton & Hayes Mrs. Hayes Episode: "Home Buddies"
    1992 Law & Order Nora Episode: "Star Struck"
    1993–95 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"
    1999 LateLine Helen Marschant Episode: "The Minister of Television"
    1999–2006 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Claudia Jean Cregg or C.J. Cregg 145 episodes
    2001 Frasier Phyllis (voice) Episode: "The Two Hundredth"
    2002 Frasier Susanna Episode: "Three Blind Dates"
    2003 King of the Hill Laura (voice) 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"
    2008–13 Phineas and Ferb Charlene Doofenshmirtz (voice) 9 episodes
    2010 Shameless Sheila Episode: "Pilot"
    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–present Masters of Sex Margaret Scully 9 episodes
    2013–present Mom Bonnie Plunkett 44 episodes
    2014 Web Therapy Judith Frick 2 episodes

    Awards and nominations

    Year Association Category Nominated work Result
    2000 Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast American Beauty Won
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The West Wing Won
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture American Beauty Won
    Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The West Wing Nominated
    Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
    2001 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won
    Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Won
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Won
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
    2002 American Film Institute Female Actor in a Television Series Nominated
    Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Won
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
    2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Cast The Hours Nominated
    Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The West Wing Nominated
    Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress – Drama Series Won
    Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast The Hours Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
    Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Hours Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
    Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
    2004 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
    2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
    2006 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Our Very Own Nominated
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The West Wing Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
    2007 Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Juno Nominated
    Hollywood Film Festival Best Cast Hairspray Won
    Prism Awards Performance in a Television Movie Our Very Own Won
    2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Cast Hairspray Won
    Juno Nominated
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Hairspray Nominated
    2009 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Musical 9 to 5 Won
    Tony Awards Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Nominated
    Ovation Awards Lead Actress in a Musical Nominated
    2010 Gotham Awards Best Cast Life During Wartime Nominated
    2011 Hollywood Film Festival Best Cast The Help Won
    Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Life During Wartime Nominated
    National Board of Review Best Cast The Help Won
    Satellite Awards Best Cast – Motion Picture Won
    Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Cast Won
    2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Cast Won
    Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
    2013 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast The Way Way Back Nominated
    2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series Masters of Sex Won
    Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Mom Won
    People's Choice Awards Favorite Actress in a New Television Series Nominated
    Prism Awards Performance in a Comedy Series Won
    Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Masters of Sex Won
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Mom Won
    2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
    Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
    Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Masters of Sex Nominated

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