Janney at the Heart Truth Fashion Show, 2008
|Born||November 19, 1959 |
Dayton, Ohio, USA
Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress, best known for playing C. J. Cregg on The West Wing. Events 1095 - The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land The year 1959 ( MCMLIX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Dayton is a city in southwestern Ohio, United States. It is the County seat and largest city of Montgomery County. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 1095 - The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land The year 1959 ( MCMLIX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works Claudia Jean 'C J' Cregg is a Fictional character played by Allison Janney on the television serial drama The West Wing.
Janney was born in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Macy (née Putnam), a former actress and homemaker, and Jervis Spencer Janney, Jr. Dayton is a city in southwestern Ohio, United States. It is the County seat and largest city of Montgomery County. , a real estate developer and jazz musician. Real estate is a legal term (in some jurisdictions notably in the USA, United Kingdom  She has two older brothers, Jay and Hal.  She attended The Miami Valley School in Dayton, where she was named a distinguished alumna in 2004, and the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. The Miami Valley School (MVS is Dayton Ohio 's only independent college preparatory school for grades Pre-K through 12 Connecticut ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. She then attended Kenyon College. Kenyon College is a private liberal arts college in Gambier Ohio, founded in 1824 by Bishop Philander Chase of the The Episcopal Church At Kenyon, Janney studied under another Kenyon alum, Paul Newman. Paul Leonard Newman (January 26 1925 &ndash September 26 2008 was an Academy Award She went on to study drama at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre is an Actor training school in New York City, generally associated with the Meisner technique of Sanford New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art ( RADA) in Bloomsbury, London, is generally regarded as one of the most prestigious Drama schools in the world London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. She attended The Neighborhood Playhouse the same years as actor Dylan McDermott. Dylan McDermott (born Mark Anthony McDermott on October 26, 1961) is an American actor known for his role as lawyer and law firm head
Janney's first roles on television were as comedic foils on soap operas: she first played Vi Kaminski for a short time on As the World Turns, following up with a two-year stint as one of the Spaulding maids, Ginger on Guiding Light. A soap opera is an ongoing episodic work of Fiction, usually broadcast on Television or Radio. As the World Turns ( ATWT) is an American television Soap opera that airs each weekday on CBS. Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975 or simply GL) is an Emmy award winning American Television In the spring of 1994, she appeared in the season finale of Law & Order, as a reluctant witness against a member of the Russian mob. Law & Order is an American Police procedural and Legal drama television series created by Dick Wolf. This episode was also notable as Michael Moriarty's final episode in the series. Michael Moriarty (born April 5 1941) is an American - Canadian Tony and Emmy -winning Actor of stage and screen
Janney has appeared in a number of films with roles of various sizes, including the 1990s films American Beauty, The Object of My Affection, Big Night, The Impostors, Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Ice Storm, Primary Colors, 10 Things I Hate about You, and Private Parts, and the 2000s films Nurse Betty, The Hours, The Chumscrubber, How to Deal, Winter Solstice and a considerable role in the animated movie, Finding Nemo, voicing Peach, the starfish. American Beauty is a 1999 Drama film set in modern American Suburbia. The Object of My Affection is a 1998 movie adapted from the book of the same title by Stephen McCauley. For the 1951 American film see The Big Night. Big Night is a 1996 American Motion picture drama See also The Impostors (Thunderbirds episode The Impostors is a 1998 Farce motion picture written and directed by Stanley Drop Dead Gorgeous is a 1999 American Dark comedy Film, directed by Michael Patrick Jann and starring Kirstie The Ice Storm is a 1997 Drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Rick Moody Primary Colors is a 1998 film starring John Travolta based on the popular book (a success fueled in part by speculation over the identity of the then-anonymous This article is about the 1997 film For other uses see Private Parts (disambiguation. Nurse Betty ( 2000) is an American Black comedy Film, directed by Neil LaBute and starring Renée Zellweger The Hours is a 2002 Film based on Michael Cunningham 's 1999 Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award -winning 1998 novel The Chumscrubber is a 2005 Dark comedy Film directed by Arie Posin and written by Posin and Zac Stanford starring an ensemble cast How to Deal is a 2003 Film directed by Clare Kilner. It is based on two novels by Sarah Dessen, That Summer Finding Nemo is a 2003 computer-animated American Family film. In 2006, Janney had carried notable roles in the movies, Margaret and Over the Hedge, an animated comedy. Margaret is an American Drama film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Over the Hedge is a 2006 computer-animated film based on the characters from United Media comic strip of the same name.
In 1999, she was cast in the role of presidential press secretary C. J. Cregg on the television drama The West Wing, for which she eventually won four Emmy Awards. Two of the Emmys were for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series in 2000 and 2001, and two were for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series in the years 2002 and 2004. This is a list of winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Award winners;1950s 1959 Barbara This is a list of winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the 2003 and 2006 Primetime Emmys. She is one of six cast members from The West Wing to have won an Emmy for their work - however, Janney is the only one who has won more than once. Janney was nominated in 2002 for American Film Institute's Actor of the Year. The American Film Institute ( AFI) is an independent Non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1967
Several weekend trips to Washington, D.C. were frequent to Janney's schedule, and for the rest of the cast as well as many outdoor scenes on The West Wing were actually filmed in the nation's capital. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D Janney also met several times with former White House Press Secretary, Dee Dee Myers, who served in the Clinton Administration from 1993–1994. The White House Press Secretary is a senior White House official with a rank one step below Presidential Cabinet level Dee Dee Myers (born Margaret Jane Myers on 1 September 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island) served as White House Press Secretary William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19 1946 served as the forty-second President of the United States Janney met with Myers in New York City to help portray her character more authentically. The City of New York
Janney's starting salary, according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), was $70,000/episode in 1999. Since that date, negotiations were made for increased salaries for all the critically acclaimed actors on The West Wing. It is suggested that Janney's salary per episode for the later years of the show increased significantly.
The West Wing was cancelled in January 2006, and the last episode aired in May of that year. Even though the latter seasons were plagued by declining ratings, the overall rating of Janney remained a relatively positive one, touted by Entertainment Weekly as "one to watch", "uncommonly beautiful and infinitely expressive". Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated as EW) is a Magazine published by Time Inc  In January 2006, West Wing's cast was also nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast. The Screen Actors Guild ( SAG) is an American labor union representing over 120000 Film and television principal performers and background Janney, Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford, Janel Moloney, and other members of the cast appeared at the SAG Awards to honor their late castmate and friend, John Spencer. Martin Sheen (born Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez on August 3, 1940) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning American Actor who earned Bradley Whitford (born October 10, 1959) is an Emmy Award -winning American Actor. Janel Moloney (born October 3 1969) is an American Actress, known for her role as Donna Moss on ''The West Wing''.
In 2006, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in the film Our Very Own. Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE Awards ("Friends of Independents" and presented winners with Our Very Own is a 2005 Drama film written and directed by Cameron Watson. Many of Janney's long time friends were involved with Our Very Own including its producer Shannon McMahon Lichte and cast member Allison Mackie. All three were in the same class at the Neighborhood Playhouse. The writer/director Cameron Watson, also a longtime friend, wrote the role of Joan for her.
In 2007, Janney appeared in the Academy-Award-nominated film, Juno playing the part of Bren MacGuff, the title character's stepmother, for which she won Best Supporting Actress in the Austin Film Critics Association Awards 2007. "The Oscar" redirects here for the film see The Oscar (film. Juno is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. 3rd AFCA Awards In the same year, Janney appeared in the Golden-Globe-nominated film, Hairspray, as Prudy Pingleton, Penny's strict and religious mom. The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and Television programs given out each year during a formal dinner Hairspray is a 2007 Musical film produced by Zadan / Meron Productions and distributed by New Line Cinema.
Janney has also appeared in another show created by Aaron Sorkin, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which also starred Bradley Whitford, a former castmate of Janney's from The West Wing. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was an American Janney made a guest appearance as herself in The Disaster Show, as the guest host of the week's episode of Studio 60, though ironically she guest-starred in the only episode of the show not to include Whitford. However, many of the cast made references to her part in The West Wing, showing that the show did exist even in the fictional world of Studio 60.
Janney has remained active in theater; in 1998, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American Theatre and are presented Arthur Asher Miller (October 17 1915 &ndash February 10 2005 was an American Playwright and Essayist. A View from the Bridge is a play by Arthur Miller originally produced as a one-act Verse drama on Broadway in 1955 Her first Broadway role was in Present Laughter opposite Frank Langella. In 2007, she participated in a workshop for a new musical of the film 9 to 5. 9 to 5 The Musical is an upcoming musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick, based on the 1980 movie 9 to 5 (see also Day job) is a phrase used to describe a conventional and possibly tedious job  In late 2008, Janney will join Broadway stars Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and Marc Kudisch in the new musical, 9 to 5. Stephanie J Block (born Stephanie Janette Block on September 19, 1972) is an American stage Actress and member of Megan Hilty (born Megan Kathleen Hilty on March 29, 1981 in Bellevue Washington, U Marc Kudisch (born September 22, 1966) is an American stage Actor. 9 to 5 The Musical is an upcoming musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick, based on the 1980 movie Based on the film of the same name, Janney will star as Violet Newstead, the super efficient office manager played by Lily Tomlin (a former castmate from The West Wing) in the original film. Violet Newstead was a fictional character in the movie Nine to Five as well as its television sequel Mary Jean “Lily” Tomlin (born September 1 1939 is an American Actress, Comedian, Writer and producer who has won several
In 2004, Janney began lending her voice to television and radio spots created by Kaiser Permanente in the health maintenance organization's broad "Thrive" media campaign, and in a radio campaign for the American Institute of Architects. Kaiser Permanente is an integrated Managed care organization based in Oakland California, founded in 1945 by industrialist Henry J "HMO" redirects here For other uses see HMO (disambiguation. The American Institute of Architects (AIA is a professional organization for Architects in the United States.
A Thousand Words (2009) (filming)
Untitled Sam Mendes Project (2009) (filming)
Pretty Ugly People (2008) (post-production) . . . . Suzanna
Margaret (2008) (completed)
Juno (2007) . . . . Bren MacGuff
Hairspray (2007) . . . . Prudy Pingleton
"Two and a Half Men" . . . . Beverly (1 episode, 2007)
"The West Wing" . . . . Claudia Jean 'C. J. ' Cregg (155 episodes, 1999-2006)
Over the Hedge (2006) (voice) . . . . Gladys
"Weeds" . . . . Ms. Greenstein - Attorney (1 episode, 2005)
Our Very Own (2005) . . . . Joan Whitfield
The Chumscrubber (2005) . . . . Allie Stiffle
Strangers with Candy (2005) . . . . Alice
Winter Solstice (2004/I) . . . . Molly Ripkin
Piccadilly Jim (2004) . . . . Eugenia Crocker
Chicken Party (2003) . . . . Barbara Strasser
How to Deal (2003) . . . . Lydia Martin
Finding Nemo (2003) (voice) . . . . Peach The Starfish
"King of the Hill" . . . . Laura (1 episode, 2003)
The Hours (2002) . . . . Sally Lester
Rooftop Kisses (2002) . . . . Melissa
"Frasier" . . . . Phyllis / . . . (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
A Girl Thing (2001) (TV) . . . . Kathy McCormack
Nurse Betty (2000) . . . . Lyla Branch
Auto Motives (2000) . . . . Grechen
Leaving Drew (2000) . . . . Paula
The Debtors (1999)
American Beauty (1999) . . . . Barbara Fitts
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) . . . . Loretta
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) . . . . Ms. Perky
"LateLine" . . . . Helen Marschant (1 episode, 1999)
David and Lisa (1998) (TV) . . . . Alix
Celebrity (1998) . . . . Evelyn Isaacs
Six Days Seven Nights (1998) . . . . Marjorie, Robin's Boss
The Impostors (1998) . . . . Maxine
The Object of My Affection (1998) . . . . Constance Miller
Primary Colors (1998) . . . . Miss Walsh
Julian Po (1997) . . . . Lilah Leech
Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing. (1997) (TV) . . . . Assistant District Attorney
The Ice Storm (1997) . . . . Dot Halford
Private Parts (1997) . . . . Dee Dee
Anita Liberty (1997) . . . . Gynecologist
The Associate (1996) . . . . Sandy
"Cosby" . . . . Podiatric Nurse (1 episode, 1996)
"Aliens in the Family" . . . . Principal Sherman (1 episode, 1996)
Faithful (1996) . . . . Saleslady
Big Night (1996) . . . . Ann
Walking and Talking (1996) . . . . Gum Puller
Rescuing Desire (1996) . . . . Betsy
Flux (1996) . . . . Heather
"New York Undercover" . . . . Vivian (1 episode, 1995)
"The More You Know" (1989) TV series . . . . Herself
Janney has also appeared as herself on chat shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
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