Allison Janney

Allison Janney

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Birthday: 
19 November 1959, Dayton, Ohio, USA
Birth Name: 
Allison Brooks Janney
Height: 
183 cm
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 "un... Show more »
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 The 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. Show less «

Allison Janney's FILMOGRAPHY

The Simpsons - Season 30

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The Graham Norton Show - Season 24

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The Graham Norton Show - Season 23

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Family Guy - Season 17

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American Dad - Season 15

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Mom - Season 6

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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - Season 3

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The Oscars

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Nobodies - Season 2

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American Idol - Season 16

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DuckTales - Season 2

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The Daily Show - Season 23

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Conan - Season 8

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Robot Chicken - Season 9

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I, Tonya

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Hollywood Game Night - Season 5

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Mom - Season 5

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Sun Dogs

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Chelsea - Season 2

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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - Season 2

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Nobodies - Season 1

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The Simpsons - Season 28

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The Daily Show - Season 22

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Allison Janney'S roles

Dr. Golan
Dr. Golan
Bren MacGuff
Bren MacGuff
Mrs. Grunion
Mrs. Grunion
Ms. Perky
Ms. Perky
Sally Lester
Sally Lester
Betty
Betty
Samantha Davis
Samantha Davis
Prudy Pingleton
Prudy Pingleton
Kathy
Kathy
Constance Miller
Constance Miller
Dee Dee
Dee Dee
Barbara Fitts
Barbara Fitts
Allie Stiffle
Allie Stiffle
Loretta
Loretta
Margo
Margo
NYPD Computer Operator
NYPD Computer Operator
Gladys
Gladys
Professor Judith Fairfield
Professor Judith Fairfield
Madge Nelson
Madge Nelson
Elaine Crocker
Elaine Crocker
Cathy
Cathy
Meg
Meg
Peach
Peach
Bronwyn
Bronwyn
Charlotte Phelan
Charlotte Phelan
Monica Patterson
Monica Patterson
Lily
Lily
Mary Weldon
Mary Weldon
Dr. Bernice Deagan
Dr. Bernice Deagan
Deb
Deb
Lydia Martin
Lydia Martin
Mother
Mother
Sheryl Phillips
Sheryl Phillips
Laura
Laura
C.J. Cregg
C.J. Cregg
Margaret Scully
Margaret Scully
Charlene Doofenshmirtz
Charlene Doofenshmirtz
Beverly
Beverly
Teen People Editor
Teen People Editor
Janet Ryland
Janet Ryland
Bonnie
Bonnie
Herself
Herself
Allison Janney
Allison Janney
Rose Chipley
Rose Chipley
Bonnie
Bonnie
Crystal Quagmire, Mistress Vita, Teen People Editor
Crystal Quagmire, Mistress Vita, Teen People Editor
Goldie O'Gilt
Goldie O'Gilt