Allison Janney

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Allison Janney
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Janney at The Heart Truth Fashion Show, 2008
BornAllison Brooks Janney
(1959-11-19) November 19, 1959 (age 54)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
ResidencePalm Springs, California
OccupationActress
Years active1989–present
 
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Allison Janney
Allison Janney4crop.jpg
Janney at The Heart Truth Fashion Show, 2008
BornAllison Brooks Janney
(1959-11-19) November 19, 1959 (age 54)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
ResidencePalm Springs, California
OccupationActress
Years active1989–present

Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an American actress. 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 won four Primetime Emmy Awards, a Satellite Award and four Screen Actors Guild Awards and was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, an AFI Award and a further two Primetime Emmy Awards, one Satellite Award and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. 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), and The Way Way Back (2013). Currently she stars in the CBS sitcom Mom as Bonnie.

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.[4]

Janney attended The Miami Valley School in Dayton, where she was named a distinguished alumna in 2004,[5] and the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.[5] She then attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. At Kenyon, Janney studied under another Kenyon alumnus, actor Paul Newman. Newman directed Janney 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 study drama at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[6] She attended The Neighborhood Playhouse the same years as actor Dylan McDermott.[5]

Career[edit]

Janney's first roles on television were as comedic foils on 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. Janney has appeared in a number of films with roles of various sizes, 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, Janney carried notable roles in the movies Margaret and Over the Hedge, an animated comedy.

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.[5] She was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the 2003 and 2006 Primetime Emmys.[5] Janney also won two Screen Actor's Guild awards for Best Actress in a dramatic series, in 2001 and 2002, for her portrayal of C.J Cregg.[5] The cast of The West Wing won the Screen Actor's Guild award for Best Ensemble in a dramatic series the same two years.[5] 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.[citation needed] Weekend trips to Washington, D.C. were frequently a part of Janney's schedule, as many outdoor scenes on The West Wing were filmed in the nation's capital. Janney also met several times with former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers[citation needed] who served in the Clinton Administration from 1993–1994. Janney met with Myers in New York City to help portray her character more authentically.

The West Wing concluded in January 2006, and the last episode aired in May of that year. Even though the latter seasons were plagued by declining ratings, the overall rating of Janney remained a relatively positive one, touted by Entertainment Weekly as "one to watch", "uncommonly beautiful and infinitely expressive".[7] In January 2006, West Wing's cast was also nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast. Janney, Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford, Janel Moloney, and other members of the cast appeared at the SAG Awards to honor their late castmate and friend, John Spencer.[citation needed]

In 2006, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in the film Our Very Own.[citation needed] Many of Janney's long time friends were involved with Our Very Own, including its producer Shannon McMahon Lichte and cast member Allison Mackie. All three were in the same class at the Neighborhood Playhouse.[citation needed] The writer/director Cameron Watson, also a longtime friend, wrote the role of Joan for her.[citation needed] In 2007, Janney appeared in the Academy-Award-nominated film, 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. Janney appeared in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, also created by Aaron Sorkin. She made a guest appearance as herself in "The Disaster Show", as the guest host of the week's episode of Studio 60.[citation needed] Many of the characters made references to her part in The West Wing, even those played by fellow West Wing actors.

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.[8] Her first Broadway role was in Present Laughter opposite Frank Langella.[citation needed] In 2007, she participated in a workshop for a new musical of the film 9 to 5.[9] 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.[10] In May 2009, she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for the role of Violet Newstead.[11] She also appeared alongside Jack Black and John C. Reilly in Prop 8 (The Musical), a satirical musical protesting the passing of California Proposition 8.[citation needed]

In 2004, Janney 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.[12] In 2010, she appeared as Allison Pearson in In Plain Sight. In May 2010, Janney 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.[citation needed]

Janney 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.[13][14] 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.[15] The attraction later opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland. Janney played the protagonist's mother in the 2011 film The Help. Janney also appeared in the 2012 Films "Struck By Lightning" and "Liberal Arts".

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989Who Shot Patakango?Miss Penny
1994Dead FunnyJennifer
Cowboy Way, TheThe Cowboy WayNYPD computer operator
WolfParty guest
Miracle on 34th StreetChristmas shop woman
1995Heading HomeUnknown role
1996FluxHeather
Rescuing DesireBetsy
Walking and TalkingGum Puller
Big NightAnnNominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
FaithfulSaleswoman
Associate, TheThe AssociateSandy
1997Anita LibertyGynecologist
Private PartsDee Dee
Ice Storm, TheThe Ice StormDot Halford
Julian PoLilah Leech
1998Primary ColorsMiss Walsh
Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My AffectionConstance Miller
Impostors, TheThe ImpostorsMaxine
Six Days Seven NightsMarjorie, Robin's boss
CelebrityEvelyn Isaacs
199910 Things I Hate About YouMs. Perky
Drop Dead GorgeousLoretta
American BeautyBarbara FittsOnline Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Debtors, TheThe Debtors
2000Leaving DrewPaula
Auto MotivesGretchen
Nurse BettyLyla Branch
Rooftop KissesMelissa
2002Hours, TheThe HoursSally LesterNominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003Finding NemoPeachVoice
How to DealLydia Martin
Chicken PartyBarbara Strasser
2004Piccadilly JimEugenia Crocker
Winter SolsticeMolly Ripkin
2005Strangers with CandyAlice
Chumscrubber, TheThe ChumscrubberAllie Stiffle
Our Very OwnJoan WhitfieldNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
2006Over the HedgeGladys SharpVoice
2007HairsprayPrudy PingletonBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
JunoBrenda 'Bren' MacGuffAustin Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
2008Pretty Ugly PeopleSuzanna
Prop 8: The MusicalProp 8 leader's wife
2009Away We GoLily
2009Life During WartimeTrishMar del Plata Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
2011MargaretWounded woman / Monica Patterson
Thousand Words, AA Thousand WordsSamantha Davis
Help, TheThe HelpCharlotte PhelanBlack Film Critics Circle for Best Ensemble
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Women Film Critics Circle for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
Nominated— National Board of Review of Motion Pictures for Best Acting by an Ensemble
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2012Oranges, TheThe OrangesCathy Ostroff
Struck By LightningSheryl Phillips
Liberal ArtsProf. Judith Fairfield
2013Way Way Back, TheThe Way Way BackBetty
Days and NightsPost-production
Bad WordsDr. Bernice Deagan
2014TammyFilming
Mr. Peabody & ShermanMrs. Grunion
TBDUntitled Marc Lawrence filmFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Morton & HayesBeatrice CaldicottEpisode: "Society Saps"
Episode: "Homes Buddies"
1993Blind SpotDoreenTelevision film
1993–95Guiding LightGingerRecurring role
1992–94Law & OrderAnn Madsen/NoraEpisode: "Star Struck"
Episode: "Old Friends"
1995Wright Verdicts, TheThe Wright VerdictsEpisode: "Sins of the Father"
New York UndercoverVivianEpisode: "Digital Underground"
1996Aliens in the FamilyPrincipal ShermanEpisode: "A Very Brody Tweeznax"
CosbyPodiatric NurseEpisode: "Happily Ever Hilton"
1997...First Do No HarmDr. Melanie AbbasacTelevision film
Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center BombingAssistant District AttorneyTelevision film
1998David and LisaAlixTelevision film
1999LateLineHelen MarschantEpisode: "The Minister of Television"
2000Girl Thing, AA Girl ThingKathy McCormackTelevision film
2001–02FrasierPhyllis/SusannaEpisode: "The Two Hundredth
Episode: Three Blind Dates"
2003King of the HillLauraEpisode: "Full Metal Dust Jacket"
2005WeedsMs. Greenstein – AttorneyEpisode: "Lude Awakening"
1999–2006West Wing, TheThe West WingC.J. Cregg154 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2000–01)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2002, 2004)
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2001)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2001–02)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2001–02)
Nominated – AFI Award for Actor of the Year – Female – Series
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2001–02)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2003–04)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2003, 2006)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2003)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2003–06)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2003–05)
2007Two and a Half MenBeverlyEpisode: "My Damn Stalker"
Studio 60 on the Sunset StripHerselfEpisode: "The Disaster Show"
2008–presentPhineas and FerbCharlene DoofenshmirtzRecurring role
200963rd Tony AwardsViolet from 9 to 5/Herself
2010ShamelessSheilaEpisode: "Pilot"
Family GuyTeen People EditorEpisode: "Dial Meg for Murder"
Lost"Mother"Episode: "Across the Sea"
In Plain SightAllison PearsonEpisode: "When Mary Met Marshall"
Episode: "Coma Chameleon"
2011Mr. SunshineCrystal Cohen9 Episodes
Main cast
2013VeepJanet RylandEpisode: "First Response"
MomBonnieSeries regular
Nominated – People's Choice Awards
Masters of SexMargaret ScullyRecurring role

Other awards and nominations[edit]

Ovation Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/allison-janney#
  2. ^ Allison Janney Biography (1960?-)
  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. ^ Mistry, Elizabeth (July 14, 2007). "'I was told all I could play were lesbians and aliens'". Sunday Herald. Archived from the original on 2013-10-18. Retrieved July 21, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Allison Janney- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  6. ^ http://americantheatrewing.org/downstagecenter/detail/allison_janney
  7. ^ NBC.com > Cast Biographies > Allison Janney
  8. ^ "Allison Janney: Biography". Tv Guide. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Jones, Kenneth (August 29, 2007). "Dolly Parton Says 9 to 5 Will Play Broadway in 2009". Playbill. Archived from the original on 25 January 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008. 
  10. ^ 2009 Tony Award nominations: 'Next to Normal' wins big, but no 'Desire'
  11. ^ Billy Elliot Leads Winners of 2009 Drama Desk Awards
  12. ^ A Breath of Fresh Air for Health Care By ALLISON ARIEFF December 13, 2009, New York Times
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 12, 2010). "Matthew Perry project a go at ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 25, 2010. [dead link]
  14. ^ Hibberd, James (May 18, 2010). "ABC's new fall schedule". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 21 May 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Allison Janney Joining New Star Tours plus AC-38 Droid to Pilot Starspeeder 1000 in 2011". September 24, 2010. Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Ovation Nominees". 20 October 2009. 

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