Janel Moloney

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Janel Moloney
Janel Moloney.jpg
Moloney (right) at a rally for John Kerry in October 2004 in Fort Collins, Colorado
BornJanel Wallace Moloney
(1969-10-03) October 3, 1969 (age 44)
Woodland Hills, California, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1987–present
 
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Janel Moloney
Janel Moloney.jpg
Moloney (right) at a rally for John Kerry in October 2004 in Fort Collins, Colorado
BornJanel Wallace Moloney
(1969-10-03) October 3, 1969 (age 44)
Woodland Hills, California, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1987–present

Janel Wallace Moloney (born October 3, 1969) is an American actress. She played Donnatella "Donna" Moss on the television series The West Wing, a role for which she received Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominations in 2002 and 2004.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Woodland Hills, California, Moloney is the niece of actress Christine Ebersole, and attended the acting conservatory at SUNY Purchase. During the 2004 U.S. Presidential campaign, Moloney was an active supporter of John Kerry's presidential campaign and made public appearances on its behalf. On February 14, 2010, in New York, Moloney became the mother of a boy, Julian Francis Zarvos, whose father is composer Marcelo Zarvos.[1]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Her early work included television guest roles on ER, Sports Night, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and Murder, She Wrote.[2] In 1999, Moloney became a recurring guest star on The West Wing as Donna Moss, assistant and love interest to Deputy White House Chief of Staff Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford).[3][4] Moloney was originally credited only as a guest star, but she appeared in every episode of the first season. From the second season onward, Moloney was listed in the main credits. Moloney has received two Emmy Award nominations, one in 2002 and one in 2004, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama.[5][6]

Moloney appeared in the television film Bang Bang You're Dead with Thomas Cavanagh and Randy Harrison, which was first broadcast on October 13, 2002 on Showtime.[7] She played the part of Amber Frey in the made-for-TV movie Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution, broadcast May 25, 2005 on CBS.[8] In 2007, Moloney played Dana Chase, who has a relationship with Tommy Caffee (Jason Clarke) in six episodes of the 2nd season of Brotherhood.[9]

In 2008, Moloney appeared in one episode ("It's a Wonderful Lie") of House M.D..[10] In 2008, she guest-starred in an episode of 30 Rock.[2][11] Moloney appeared in the 3rd installment of the Lstudio.com Web Series Puppy Love.

In 2009, she appeared in the US series Life on Mars as Professor Pat Olsen in the episode "Revenge of the Broken Jaw".[12] She also appeared in the episode "Faithfully" of Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Allison Wyler.[13]

Theatre[edit]

In 2007, Moloney made her Off-Broadway stage debut as Theresa in the Playwrights Horizons production 100 Saints You Should Know, written by Kate Fodor and directed by Ethan McSweeny.[14] She appeared in the Off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore in September through October 2, 2011.[15]

Movies[edit]

Moloney starred in the 2010 feature film Armless, as Anna.[16] She made a brief appearance as Earlene in the 1995 Walter Hill directed western Wild Bill, and appears in the 2013 film Concussion.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991To Save a ChildJanelle LowryTV movie
...And Then She Was GoneMaryTV movie
1992Double EdgeJenTV movie
1993Dream LoverAlice Keller
1995SafeHairdresser
Wild BillEarlene
1997''Til There Was YouBeebee, Age 25
1998Desperate MeasuresSarah Davis
The Souler OppositeThea Douglas
2002Bang Bang You're DeadEllie Milford
2005Just PrayCheryl LawsonShort
Amber Frey: Witness for the ProsecutionAmber FreyTV movie
2009Captain Cook's Extraordinary AtlasMarion MalloyTV Movie
2010ArmlessAnna
2013ConcussionPru
2014Stay Then GoMarion Baird
Half the Perfect WorldGina

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987RoomiesPunk Co-EdEpisode: "The One That Got Away"
1993The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.Mary SimsEpisode: "Pirates!"
Bakersfield P.D.SarahEpisode: "Lucky 13"
1995ERMrs. Nancy LarsonEpisode: "The Birthday Party"
Murder, She WroteMaria CorbinEpisode: "Unwilling Witness"
1996High IncidentBridesmaid McManusEpisode: "Till Death Do Us Part"
1998Sports NightMonica BrazeltonEpisode: "The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee"
1999-2006The West WingDonna Moss149 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2001, 2002)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2002, 2004)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2003-2006)
2007BrotherhoodDana Chase5 episodes
2008HouseMaggieEpisode: "It's a Wonderful Lie"
Puppy LoveAllegra
30 RockJessica SpeyerEpisode: "Reunion"
2009Life on MarsPat OlsenEpisode: "Revenge of Broken Jaw"
Law & Order: Criminal IntentAllison WylerEpisode: "Faithfully"
2012Walk and Talk the Vote: West Wing Reunion - Bridget Mary McCormackDonna MossVideo short
2013The Good WifeKathy EisenstadtEpisode: "A Precious Commodity"
2014The LeftoversMary JamisonEpisode: "Two Boats and a Helicopter"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Births and Hitched" May. 3, 2010, Variety
  2. ^ a b "Janel Moloney credits" tv.com, accessed November 28, 2011
  3. ^ "'The West Wing' Cast and Crew" tv.com, accessed November 28, 2011
  4. ^ "'The West Wing' Overview" allrovi.com, accessed November 28, 2011
  5. ^ "Emmy Awards and Nominations" emmys.com, accessed November 28, 2011
  6. ^ "2004 Emmy Nominated" emmyawardsonline.com, accessed November 28, 2011
  7. ^ Erickson, Hal."'Bang, Bang, You're Dead' Cast and Crew" allrovi.com, accessed November 28, 2011
  8. ^ Kelleher, Terry, Lipton, Mike, and Sanz, Cynthia."Review: 'Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution' " people.com, May 30, 2005
  9. ^ Mitovich, Matt."It's Showtime for West Winger, Princess Leia" tvguide.com, May 4, 2007
  10. ^ Frette, Bruce."Cheers: From the White House to House'" tvguide.com, January 30, 2008
  11. ^ "Reunion", Season 3, Episode 5 – Aired: 12/4/2008" tv.com, accessed November 28, 2011
  12. ^ "'Revenge of Broken Jaw', Season 1, Episode 13, March 4, 2009" tv.com, accessed November 28, 2011
  13. ^ "'Faithfully' Cast List, Season 8, Episode 5, May 17, 2009" tv.com, accessed November 28, 2011
  14. ^ Brantley, Ben."Theater Review: '100 Saints You Should Know'""The New York Times, September 19, 2007
  15. ^ Broadway.com Staff."Janel Moloney, Adriane Lenox and Joyce Van Patten Join 'Love, Loss and What I Wore'" broadway.com, August 31, 2011
  16. ^ Nelson, Rob."'Armless' Film Review" Variety, January 24, 2010

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