Allison Janney Biography

Birthday: 1959-11-19
Place of Birth: Dayton, Ohio USA
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: Allison Janney is an award-winning actress who has earned a solid reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles on screen, and who more recently has become prominent by portraying one of the major characters in the popular TV series "West Wing, The" (1999). Entertainment Weekly magazine describes Janney's screen presence as "uncommonly beautiful and infinitely expressive". As an actor, the magazine deems her to be "one to watch". While studying at Kenyon College, Janney answered a casting call for an on-campus play that was to be directed by Kenyon's most famous alumnus, the legendary actor Paul Newman. During her audition/interview, Janney played upon Newman's known passion for race car driving - she explained how she cut thirty minutes off of the 130 mile journey from her home town to the college. She got chosen for the play's cast. After earning her degree in drama, Janney took Joanne Woodward's suggestion to do further study at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Early in her career Janney got comedic roles in the soap operas "As the World Turns" (1956) and "Guiding Light" (1952). Later, she gave memorable movie performances in supporting roles in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), American Beauty (1999) and Nurse Betty (2000), and in the made-for-TV movie ...First Do No Harm (1997) (TV), among others. Among her stage work, Janney has played in a revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" on Broadway opposite Anthony LaPaglia, which earned her a Tony Award nomination, and a Drama League Award for outstanding artist for the 1997-98 season. She played in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" opposite Frank Langella, which earned her the Outer Critics Circle Award and an Actors' Equity award. Janney also appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Taming of the Shrew". In 1999 Janney became part of the original cast of the acclaimed TV series "The West Wing" (1999) where she played the President's press secretary who eventually gets promoted to the White House Chief of Staff. Her impressive work during the seven seasons of that renowned series earned her four Emmys and two SAG Awards. With her reputation becoming more broadly established during her work on "The West Wing" Janney won more substantive roles in feature films, in the acclaimed The Hours (2002) where she was Meryl Streep's lesbian lover, and in How to Deal (2003) where she played Mandy Moore's mother.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The West Wing Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg 1999 - 2000 Drama
Drop Dead Gorgeous Loretta 2006 - Comedy
10 Things I Hate About You Ms. Perky 2009 - 2010 Comedy
Remembrance Week Herself - Narrator 2010 Family
The Help Charlotte Phelan 2011 Drama
10 Things I Hate About Ms. Perky 2012
Mom Bonnie 2013 Comedy
F1 36 Betty 2013 Action
Mr. Sunshine Crystal Cohen 2018
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Dead Funny Jennifer 1994 Drama
Miracle on 34th Street Woman in Christmas Shop 1994 Drama, Fantasy
Heading Home 1995
Big Night Ann 1996 0
Faithful 1996 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Private Parts 1997 Comedy, Drama
Julian Po 1997 Comedy, Drama
Six Days Seven Nights 1998 Biography, 0
The Object of My Affection Constance Miller 1998 Comedy, Drama, Romance
10 Things I Hate about You Ms. Perky 1999 Comedy, Romance
American Beauty Barbara Fitts 1999 Drama
Nurse Betty Lyla Branch 2000 0, Comedy, Game Show
Finding Nemo Peach 2003
How to Deal Lydia Martin 2003 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Our very own 2005
Winter Solstice 2005 Drama
Over the Hedge Gladys 2006 0, Drama, 0
Piccadilly Jim Eugenia Crocker 2006 Comedy, Romance
Hairspray Prudy Pingleton 2007 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Juno Bren MacGuff 2007 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Pretty Ugly People Suzanna 2008 Comedy
Away We Go Lily 2009 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Life During Wartime Trish 2010
Drop Dead Gorgeous Loretta 2010 0, 0
Help Charlotte Phelan 2011 Drama
Help! Charlotte Phelan 2011 Drama
A Thousand Words Samantha Davis 2012 Comedy, Drama
The Oranges Cathy 2012 Comedy, Romance, Drama
Liberal Arts Professor Judith Fairfield 2012 Comedy, Drama
Days and Nights Elizabeth 2013 Drama
Light Years The Astronomer 2013 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Touchy Feely Bronwyn 2013
Struck by Lightning Sheryl Phillips 2013 Comedy, Drama
The Way Way Back Betty 2013 Comedy, Drama
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Mrs. Grunion 2014 Animation, Adventure, Family