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Allison Janney

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 The West Wing (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".Janney was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Macy Brooks (Putnam), a former actress, and Jervis Spencer Janney, Jr., a real estate developer and jazz musician. 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), 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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Nov 19, 1959 In Dayton, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015-03-23

Nominated for 5 Golden Globes. Another 36 wins & 34 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The West Wing
The Late Late Show with James Corden Unknown 2015-03-23
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Hollywood Game Night Unknown 2013-07-11
Mom Bonnie 165 episodes, 2013-2021 2013-09-23
Masters of Sex Unknown 2013-09-29
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
Key and Peele Unknown 2012-01-31
Veep Unknown 2012-04-22
Mr. Sunshine Crystal Cohen 13 episodes, 2011 2011-02-09
Web Therapy Unknown 2011-07-19
The Big C Unknown 2010-08-16
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
In Plain Sight Unknown 2008-06-01
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Phineas and Ferb Unknown 2007-08-17
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Unknown 2006-09-18
Weeds Unknown 2005-08-07
Robot Chicken Unknown 2005-02-20
The Soup Unknown 2004-07-30
Lost Unknown 2004-09-22
Two and a Half Men Unknown 2003-09-22
American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
The West Wing C.J. Cregg 155 episodes, 1999-2006 1999-09-22
King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
New York Undercover Unknown 1994-09-08
Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Law & Order Unknown 1990-09-13
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11