Allison Janney

64, from Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Biography

Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an American actress. In a career spanning three decades, she is known for her performances across multiple genres of screen and stage. Janney has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and seven Primetime Emmy Awards, in addition to nominations for two Tony Awards.

Born in Boston and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Janney received a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art following her graduation from Kenyon College. After years of minor and uncredited film and television appearances, Janney's breakthrough came with the role of C. J. Cregg in the NBC political drama The West Wing (1999–2006), for which she received four Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2014, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Margaret Scully on the Showtime period drama Masters of Sex. For her portrayal of Bonnie Plunkett, a cynical recovering addict on the CBS sitcom Mom (2013–2021), Janney received six Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won twice for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Janney made her professional stage debut with the Off-Broadway production Ladies (1989), and followed with numerous bit parts in various similar productions, before making her Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of Present Laughter. She won two Drama Desk Awards and has been nominated for two Tony Awards: for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the Broadway revival of A View from the Bridge (1997), and for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in the original Broadway production of the musical 9 to 5 (2009).

Her film roles include Private Parts (1997), Primary Colors (1998), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), American Beauty (1999), Nurse Betty (2000), The Hours (2002), Hairspray (2007), Juno (2007), The Help (2011), The Way, Way Back (2013), Tammy (2014), The Rewrite (2014), Spy (2015), Tallulah (2016), The Girl on the Train (2016), Bad Education (2019) and Bombshell (2019). She voiced roles in Finding Nemo (2003), Over the Hedge (2006), Minions (2015), and The Addams Family (2019). For her performance in the black comedy I, Tonya (2017), Janney won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award, all for Best Supporting Actress.

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Timeline

2023Aged 64

  • Poster for Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love

    Self - Guest

  • Poster for The Creator

    Colonel Howell

  • Poster for True Love: Making 'The Creator'

    Self

2022Aged 63

  • Poster for Still Working 9 to 5

    Self

  • Poster for Lou

    Lou

  • Poster for To Leslie

    Nancy

  • Poster for Minions & More Volume 2

    Madge Nelson (voice)

  • Poster for The People We Hate at the Wedding

    Donna

2021Aged 62

  • Poster for Breaking News in Yuba County

    Sue Buttons

2020Aged 61

  • Poster for Lazy Susan

    Velvet

  • Poster for A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote

    C.J. Cregg

2019Aged 60

  • Poster for Troop Zero

    Miss Massey

  • Poster for Ma

    Doctor Brooks

  • Poster for Bad Education

    Pam Gluckin

  • Poster for The Addams Family

    Margaux Needler (voice)

  • Poster for Expedition Amelia

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Bombshell

    Susan Estrich

2018Aged 59

  • Poster for Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal

    Self (archive footage)

2017Aged 58

  • Poster for A Happening of Monumental Proportions

    Principal Nichols

  • Poster for Sun Dogs

    Rose Chipley

  • Poster for I, Tonya

    LaVona

2016Aged 57

  • Poster for Tallulah

    Margo

  • Poster for Finding Dory

    Peach (voice)

  • Poster for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Dr. Golan

  • Poster for The Girl on the Train

    Detective Sgt. Riley

2015Aged 56

  • Poster for The DUFF

    Dottie Piper

  • Poster for Spy

    Elaine Crocker

  • Poster for Minions

    Madge Nelson (voice)

  • Poster for The Night Is Young

    Wanda

  • Poster for Binky Nelson Unpacified

    Madge Nelson (voice)

2014Aged 55

  • Poster for Brightest Star

    The Astronomer

  • Poster for Mr. Peabody & Sherman

    Ms. Grunion (voice)

  • Poster for The Rewrite

    Mary Weldon

  • Poster for Tammy

    Deb

  • Poster for Get on Up

    Kathy

  • Poster for Days and Nights

    Elizabeth

2013Aged 54

  • Poster for Trust Me

    Meg

  • Poster for The Way Way Back

    Betty Thompson

  • Poster for Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Bad Words

    Dr. Bernice Deagan

  • Poster for Touchy Feely

    Bronwyn

2012Aged 53

  • Poster for A Thousand Words

    Samantha Davis

  • Poster for Struck by Lightning

    Sheryl Phillips

  • Poster for Liberal Arts

    Professor Judith Fairfield

  • Poster for Celia

    Celia

2011Aged 52

  • Poster for The Help

    Charlotte Phelan

  • Poster for The Oranges

    Carol Ostroff

  • Poster for Margaret

    Monica Patterson

2010Aged 51

  • Poster for Life During Wartime

    Trish

  • Poster for Love and Distrust

    Grechen (segment "Auto Motives")

  • Poster for Backwash

    Self

2009Aged 50

  • Poster for It's Still Me!

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Away We Go

    Lily

2008Aged 49

  • Poster for Pretty Ugly People

    Suzanna

  • Poster for Prop 8: The Musical

    Prop 8 Leader's #1 Wife

2007Aged 48

  • Poster for Hairspray

    Prudy Pringleton

  • Poster for Juno

    Bren MacGuff

2006Aged 47

  • Poster for Over the Hedge

    Gladys (voice)

  • Poster for Strangers with Candy

    Alice

2005Aged 46

  • Poster for The Chumscrubber

    Allie Stiffle

  • Poster for Our Very Own

    Joan Whitfield

2004Aged 45

  • Poster for Winter Solstice

    Molly Ripkin

  • Poster for Piccadilly Jim

    Eugenia Crocker

2003Aged 44

  • Poster for Finding Nemo

    Peach (voice)

  • Poster for How to Deal

    Lydia Martin

  • Poster for Chicken Party

    Barbara Strasser

2002Aged 43

  • Poster for Rooftop Kisses

    Melissa

  • Poster for The Hours

    Sally Lester

2001Aged 42

  • Poster for A Girl Thing

    Kathy McCormack

2000Aged 41

  • Poster for Nurse Betty

    Lyla

1999Aged 40

  • Poster for 10 Things I Hate About You

    Ms. Perky

  • Poster for Drop Dead Gorgeous

    Loretta

  • Poster for American Beauty

    Barbara Fitts

1998Aged 39

  • Poster for Primary Colors

    Miss Walsh

  • Poster for The Object of My Affection

    Constance Miller

  • Poster for Six Days Seven Nights

    Marjorie

  • Poster for Celebrity

    Evelyn Isaacs

  • Poster for The Impostors

    Maxine (Max)

  • Poster for David and Lisa

    Alix

1997Aged 38

  • Poster for Anita Liberty

    Gynecologist

  • Poster for The Ice Storm

    Dot Halford

  • Poster for ...First Do No Harm

    Dr. Melanie Abbasac

  • Poster for Private Parts

    Dee Dee

  • Poster for Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing

    Assistant D.A.

  • Poster for Julian Po

    Lilah Leech

1996Aged 37

1995Aged 36

  • Poster for Heading Home

    Mary Polanski

1994Aged 35

  • Poster for Dead Funny

    Jennifer

  • Poster for The Cowboy Way

    NYPD Computer Operator

  • Poster for Wolf

    Party Guest

  • Poster for Miracle on 34th Street

    Woman in Christmas Shop

1993Aged 34

  • Poster for Blind Spot

    Doreen

1989Aged 30

  • Poster for Who Shot Patakango?

    Miss Penny

Year unknown