Allison Janney

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Allison Janney
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Janney at the 14th Annual Les Girls Cabaret Benefit in October 2014
BornAllison Brooks Janney
(1959-11-19) November 19, 1959 (age 55)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1984–present
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
 
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Allison Janney
Allison Janney Oct 2014 (cropped).jpg
Janney at the 14th Annual Les Girls Cabaret Benefit in October 2014
BornAllison Brooks Janney
(1959-11-19) November 19, 1959 (age 55)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1984–present
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an American actress. She is a six-time Primetime Emmy Award winner for her television work and has won a Drama Desk Award and received two Tony Award nominations for her work in the theater.

Janney studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse Theatre, from where she won a scholarship to study at RADA in the summer of 1984. She made her Broadway debut in 1996, in a revival of the Noel Coward play Present Laughter. For her role in the 1997 Broadway revival of A View From the Bridge, she won a Drama Desk Award and received her first Tony Award nomination. She played White House Press Secretary (later Chief of Staff) C.J. Cregg on the television series The West Wing (1999–2006), a role for which she received six Emmy Award nominations, winning four. The role also won her a Satellite Award and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2009, she was nominated for a second Tony Award, for her role in the Broadway musical 9 to 5.

Since 2013, she has starred as Bonnie Plunkett on the CBS sitcom Mom, winning the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She has also played the recurring role of Margaret Scully on the Showtime series Masters of Sex, for which she won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Her films include Big Night (1996), Primary Colors (1998), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), American Beauty (1999), The Hours (2003), Finding Nemo (2003), Hairspray (2007), Juno (2007), The Help (2011), The Way Way Back (2013), and Get On Up (2014).

Early life and education[edit]

Janney was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Dayton, Ohio.[1] 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.[2][3] She has an older brother, Jay, and a younger brother Hal, who committed suicide in 2011 after a long struggle with addiction.[citation needed]

Janney attended The Miami Valley School in Dayton, where she was named a distinguished alumna in 2004,[4] and the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.[4] 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.[5] She attended The Neighborhood Playhouse the same years as actor Dylan McDermott.[4]

Career[edit]

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 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.[4] She was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the 2003 and 2006 Primetime Emmys.[4]

Janney won two Screen Actors Guild awards for Best Actress in a dramatic series, in 2001 and 2002.[4] The cast of The West Wing won the Screen Actor's Guild award for Best Ensemble in a dramatic series the same two years.[4] 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.[6] In January 2006, West Wing's cast was also nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast.[citation needed]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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 is starring as Violet Newstead, the super-efficient office manager played by Lily Tomlin in the original film. Janney has signed on for a one-year contract with the 9 to 5 production.[citation needed] She was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her work in 9 to 5.[9]

In May 2009, she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for the role of Violet Newstead.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12][13]

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.[14] 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, she did the voice acting for second dimension Charlene.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989Who Shot Patakango?Miss Penny
1993Blind SpotDoreenTelevision film
1994Dead FunnyJennifer
1994Cowboy Way, TheThe Cowboy WayNYPD computer operator
1994WolfParty guest
1994Miracle on 34th StreetChristmas shopper
1995Heading HomeUnknown role
1996FluxHeather
1996Rescuing DesireBetsy
1996Walking and TalkingGum Puller
1996Big NightAnn
1996FaithfulSaleswoman
1996Associate, TheThe AssociateSandy
1997Anita LibertyGynecologistShort film
1997Private PartsDee Dee
1997Ice Storm, TheThe Ice StormDot Halford
1997Julian PoLilah Leech
1997...First Do No HarmDr. Melanie AbbasacTelevision film
1997Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center BombingAssistant District AttorneyTelevision film
1998Primary ColorsMiss Walsh
1998Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My AffectionConstance Miller
1998Impostors, TheThe ImpostorsMaxine
1998David and LisaAlixTelevision movie
1998Six Days Seven NightsMarjorie, Robin's boss
1998CelebrityEvelyn Isaacs
199910 Things I Hate About YouMs. Perky
1999Drop Dead GorgeousLoretta
1999American BeautyBarbara Fitts
1999The DebtorsUnknown
2000Leaving DrewPaulaShort film
2000Auto MotivesGretchenShort film
2000Nurse BettyLyla Branch
2000Rooftop KissesMelissaShort film
2000A Girl ThingKathy McCormackTelevision movie
2002Hours, TheThe HoursSally Lester
2003Finding NemoPeachVoice
2003How to DealLydia Martin
2003Chicken PartyBarbara StrasserShort film
2004Piccadilly JimEugenia Crocker
2004Winter SolsticeMolly Ripkin
2005Strangers with CandyAlice
2005Chumscrubber, TheThe ChumscrubberAllie Stifle
2005Our Very OwnJoan Whitfield
2006Over the HedgeGladys SharpVoice
2007HairsprayPrudy Pingleton
2007JunoBrenda 'Bren' MacGuff
2008Pretty Ugly PeopleSuzanna
2008Prop 8: The MusicalProp 8 leader's wife
2009Away We GoLily
2009Life During WartimeTrish
2011MargaretWounded woman / Monica Patterson
2011Thousand Words, AA Thousand WordsSamantha Davis
2011Help, TheThe HelpCharlotte Phelan
2012Oranges, TheThe OrangesCathy Ostroff
2012Struck By LightningSheryl Phillips
2012Liberal ArtsProf. Judith Fairfield
2013Way Way Back, TheThe Way Way BackBetty
2013Days and NightsElizabeth
2013Bad WordsDr. Bernice Deagan
2013Trust MeMeg
2014TammyDeb
2014Mr. Peabody & ShermanMrs. GrunionVoice
2014The RewriteMary Weldon
2014The DuffDottie
2014A Book of Common PrayerGrace Strasser-MendanaPre-production
2014Get On UpKathy
2015SpyElaine CrockerFilming
2015Minions(Voice)In Production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Morton & HayesBeatrice CaldicottEpisode: "Society Saps"
1991Morton & HayesMrs. HayesEpisode: "Home Buddies"
1992Law & OrderNoraEpisode: "Star Struck"
1993–95Guiding LightGingerUnknown episodes
1994Law & OrderAnn MadsenEpisode: "Old Friends"
1995The Wright VerdictsAlice KleinEpisode: "Sins of the Father"
1995New York UndercoverVivianEpisode: "Digital Underground"
1996Aliens in the FamilyPrincipal ShermanEpisode: "A Very Brody Tweeznax"
1996CosbyPodiatric NurseEpisode: "Happily Ever Hilton"
1999LateLineHelen MarschantEpisode: "The Minister of Television"
1999–2006West Wing, TheThe West WingC.J. Cregg145 episodes
2001FrasierPhyllisEpisode: "The Two Hundredth"
2002FrasierSusannaEpisode: "Three Blind Dates"
2003King of the HillLauraEpisode: "Full Metal Dust Jacket"
2005WeedsMs. GreensteinEpisode: "Lude Awakening"
2007Two and a Half MenBeverlyEpisode: "My Damn Stalker"
2007Studio 60 on the Sunset StripHerselfEpisode: "The Disaster Show"
2008–13Phineas and FerbCharlene Doofenshmirtz9 episodes
2010ShamelessSheilaEpisode: "Pilot"
2010Family GuyTeen People EditorEpisode: "Dial Meg for Murder"
2010Lost"Mother"Episode: "Across the Sea"
2010In Plain SightAllison Pearson2 episodes
2011Glenn Martin, DDSMarciaEpisode: "GlennHog Day"
2011Mr. SunshineCrystal Cohen13 episodes
2012The Big CRita StraussEpisode: "Life Rights"
2013VeepJanet RylandEpisode: "First Response"
2013–presentMasters of SexMargaret Scully7 episodes
2013–presentMomBonnie Plunkett24 episodes
2014Web TherapyJudith Frick2 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2000Online Film Critics Society AwardsBest CastAmerican BeautyWon
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe West WingWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureAmerican BeautyWon
Television Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaThe West WingNominated
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesNominated
2001Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesWon
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
2002American Film InstituteFemale Actor in a Television SeriesNominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesWon
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
2003Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest CastThe HoursNominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaThe West WingNominated
Monte-Carlo Television FestivalOutstanding Actress – Drama SeriesWon
Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest CastThe HoursNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesThe West WingNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe HoursNominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West WingNominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaNominated
2004Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2005Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2006Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleOur Very OwnNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesThe West WingNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2007Austin Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActressJunoNominated
Hollywood Film FestivalBest CastHairsprayWon
Prism AwardsPerformance in a Television MovieOur Very OwnWon
2008Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest CastHairsprayWon
JunoNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureHairsprayNominated
2009Drama Desk AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Musical9 to 5Won
Tony AwardsBest Performance by a Leading Actress in a MusicalNominated
Ovation AwardsLead Actress in a MusicalNominated
2010Gotham AwardsBest CastLife During WartimeNominated
2011Hollywood Film FestivalBest CastThe HelpWon
Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleLife During WartimeNominated
National Board of ReviewBest CastThe HelpWon
Satellite AwardsBest Cast – Motion PictureWon
Southeastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest CastWon
2012Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest CastWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureWon
2013Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest CastThe Way Way BackNominated
2014Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesMasters of SexWon
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesMomWon
People's Choice AwardsFavorite Actress in a New Television SeriesNominated
Prism AwardsPerformance in a Comedy SeriesWon
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesMasters of SexWon
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesMomWon
2015Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmPending

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/allison-janney#
  2. ^ Allison Janney profile at filmreference.com; accessed February 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "MACY B. PUTNAM ENGAGED TO WED; Bennett Alumna Is Fiancee of Jervis S. Janney Jr., a Graduate of Princeton" December 15, 1956, New York Times.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Allison Janney- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  5. ^ http://americantheatrewing.org/downstagecenter/detail/allison_janney
  6. ^ Allison Janney profile, nbc.com; accessed February 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "Allison Janney: Biography". Tv Guide. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Jones, Kenneth (August 29, 2007). "Dolly Parton Says 9 to 5 Will Play Broadway in 2009". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on January 25, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008. 
  9. ^ 2009 Tony Award nominations: 'Next to Normal' wins big, but no 'Desire'
  10. ^ Billy Elliot Leads Winners of 2009 Drama Desk Awards, theatermania.com; accessed November 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "A Breath of Fresh Air for Health Care", opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com; December 13, 2009.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 12, 2010). "Matthew Perry project a go at ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 25, 2010. [dead link]
  13. ^ Hibberd, James (May 18, 2010). "ABC's new fall schedule". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 21, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Allison Janney Joining New Star Tours plus AC-38 Droid to Pilot Starspeeder 1000 in 2011". September 24, 2010. Archived from the original on September 28, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 

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