Allison Janney won Emmy Awards for her roles on both MOM and “Masters of Sex” in the same year, a feat that has rarely been accomplished in Emmy history.
Her latest feature work includes “The Minions,” “Spy” and “The Duff.” Janney appeared in Jason Bateman’s directorial debut “Bad Words,” “The Rewrite,” with Hugh Grant, the animated film “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “Tammy” with Melissa McCarthy and “The Way, Way Back” with Steve Carell and Toni Collette.
Janney co-starred in the Academy Award-nominated film “The Help,” for which the cast won ensemble awards from the Screen Actors Guild, National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics.
Janney appeared in the Oscar-winning ensemble film “Juno,” and in the movie version of the Tony Award-winning play “Hairspray.” For her role in “Life During Wartime,” she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Spirit Awards. Also, she appeared in “Away We Go,” “Strangers with Candy,” and was the voice of “Gladys” in the animated film “Over the Hedge,” as well as “Peach” in “Finding Nemo.” Janney received another Spirit Award nomination for her work in the independent feature “Our Very Own,” and starred opposite Meryl Streep in “The Hours,” which received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture. Other feature credits include the Academy Award-winning film “American Beauty” (for which she won a SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture), “Nurse Betty,” “How to Deal,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Primary Colors,” “The Ice Storm,” “Six Days Seven Nights,” “The Object of My Affection,” “Big Night” “The Oranges,” “Liberal Arts” and “Struck By Lightning.”
Prior to MOM, Janney was perhaps best known for her starring role as White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg in the television series “The West Wing,” for which she won four Emmy Awards and four SAG Awards.
While she was a freshman studying acting at Kenyon College in Ohio, Janney auditioned for Paul Newman. Soon after, Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward suggested she study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. She followed their advice and went on to make her Broadway debut in Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter,” for which she earned the Outer Critics Circle Award and Clarence Derwent Award. Also, she appeared in Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge,” receiving her first Tony Award nomination and winning the Outer Critics Circle Award. Janney was last seen on Broadway in the musical “9 to 5,” for which she earned a Tony Award nomination and won the Drama Desk Award. Follow her on Twitter @AllisonBJanney.