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Allison Janney

 
Birth Place:
Dayton, OH, USA
Bio:
The incredibly versatile Allison Janney has taken her place among a select group of actors who combine a leading lady's profile with a character actor's art of performance. Currently starring alongside Anna Faris in the CBS/Chuck Lorre sitcom, "Mom," Janney also received rave reviews for her turn as ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: November 19, 1960 (61)

Birth Place: Dayton, OH, USA

Bio:
The incredibly versatile Allison Janney has taken her place among a select group of actors who combine a leading lady's profile with a character actor's art of performance. Currently starring alongside Anna Faris in the CBS/Chuck Lorre sitcom, "Mom," Janney also received rave reviews for her turn as ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2017
Ouisa
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Violet Newstead
  [Los Angeles]
World Premiere, 2008
Violet Newstead
  [Off-Broadway]
1999
Katherine
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 1997
Beatrice
  [Broadway]
1996
Liz Essendine
  [Off-Broadway]
1996
Boo
  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Gemma Baker
  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Alice
  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Mindy
  [Off-Broadway]
1992
Megan Chamber
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Performer

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2017
Ouisa

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Violet Newstead

  [Los Angeles]
World Premiere, 2008
Violet Newstead

  [Off-Broadway]
1999
Katherine

  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 1997
Beatrice

  [Broadway]
1996
Liz Essendine

  [Off-Broadway]
1996
Boo

  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Gemma Baker

  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Alice

  [Off-Broadway]
1993
Mindy

  [Off-Broadway]
1992
Megan Chamber

  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Performer

Allison Janney Biography

The incredibly versatile Allison Janney has taken her place among a select group of actors who combine a leading lady's profile with a character actor's art of performance. Currently starring alongside Anna Faris in the CBS/Chuck Lorre sitcom, "Mom," Janney also received rave reviews for her turn as Margaret Scully on Showtime's groundbreaking drama "Masters of Sex." Janney won Emmys for both roles in the same year; a feat that has only been done twice before in Emmy history. She won a second Emmy for "Mom" the following year, bringing her total number of ATAS statues to seven. She has had three feature films released recently: Tallulah which reunited her with Ellen Page, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children for director Tim Burton, and The Girl on the Train, collaborating again with longtime friend, director Tate Taylor. Janney also appeared in two of last summer's biggest box office titles: the adorably animated Minions and Spy with Melissa McCarthy. Previous feature work includes The Duff, Jason Bateman's directorial debut, Bad Words, the Dreamworks' animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and The Way, Way Back with Steve Carell and Toni Collette. Additionally, she co-starred in the much anticipated feature film The Help based on the best-selling novel of the same name. For their extraordinary performances, the cast won Ensemble awards from the Screen Actors Guild, National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Janney has also delighted audiences with outstanding performances in the Oscar-winning ensemble hit Juno and in the movie version of the Tony Award winning play Hairspray. For her role in Todd Solondz's film Life During Wartime she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Spirit Awards. She also appeared in Sam Mendes' Away We Go, the comedy Strangers with Candy, and was heard as the voice of Gladys in Dreamworks' animated film Over the Hedge as well as Peach in Finding Nemo. She 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) as well as 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, and Big Night. Throughout her career Janney has made a handful of memorable guest-star appearances on television, but she is renowned for her starring role in the acclaimed NBC series "The West Wing," where she won a remarkable four Emmy Awards and four SAG Awards for her portrayal of White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg. While a freshman studying acting at Kenyon College in Ohio, Janney auditioned for a play that Paul Newman was directing and got the part. 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. She also 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 nomination and won the Drama Desk Award.

Allison Janney Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2017 - Distinguished Performance Award
Allison Janney, Six Degrees of Separation
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Allison Janney, Six Degrees of Separation
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Allison Janney, 9 to 5
 
Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Allison Janney, 9 to 5: The Musical
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Play Gold Star
Allison Janney, A View from the Bridge
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Featured Actress - Play Gold Star
Allison Janney, A View from the Bridge
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Allison Janney, A View From the Bridge
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Play Gold Star
Allison Janne, A View from the Bridg
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1997 - Best Featured Actress - Play Gold Star
Allison Janney, Present Laughter
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Play
Allison Janney, Present Laughter

Allison Janney News

Williamstown Theatre Festival Announces New Affordable-Tickets Pilot Program Photo Williamstown Theatre Festival Announces New Affordable-Tickets Pilot Program
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 23, 2022

As part of their commitment to reducing barriers to participation and access, Williamstown Theatre Festival has announce a new affordable-tickets pilot program for the 2022 Season: AccessTix.

Broadway Streaming Guide: June 2022 - Where to Watch TREVOR: THE MUSICAL & More New R Photo Broadway Streaming Guide: June 2022 - Where to Watch TREVOR: THE MUSICAL & More New Releases!
by Michael Major - Jun 4, 2022

This May, Broadway fans can rejoice with new cast recordings, concerts, and television shows to binge. From the new Disney+ filmed capture of Trevor: the Musical to Glee making its return to streaming services, check out what's coming to streaming services this month!

Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: THE MUSIC MAN's Hugh Jackman Photo Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: THE MUSIC MAN's Hugh Jackman
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 4, 2022

Leading up to the 75th Annual Tony Awards, BroadwayWorld is getting up close and personal with the nominees. Today we're studying up on Hugh Jackman! Watch as Hugh tells us more about what this nomination and production means to him!

The Road Theatre Company Stages World Premiere Production of BELOVED
by Marissa Tomeo - May 29, 2022

THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, announce the third and final show of its 30th Anniversary Repertory Season, Sam Anderson & Taylor Gilbert starring in the world premiere of BELOVED, written by Arthur Holden and directed by Cameron Watson.  BELOVED will begin previews on Tuesday, May 10; will open on Friday, May 20 at 8pm and run through Saturday, June 25 at the Road Theatre, located in The NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Starring Richard Thomas to Begin Performances at the Kennedy Ce Photo TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Starring Richard Thomas to Begin Performances at the Kennedy Center in June
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 25, 2022

The Kennedy Center engagement of To Kill a Mockingbird, Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s new play, directed by Tony® winner Bartlett Sher and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, will play the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, June 21–July 10, 2022. Find out how to get tickets, who is in the cast and more.

Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus & More Join NBC Fall Programming Slate Photo Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus & More Join NBC Fall Programming Slate
by Michael Major - May 16, 2022

Dolly Parton will headline the musical film “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas.” NBC’s New Year’s Eve celebration is back as Miley Cyrus continues the newest holiday tradition with the return of “Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party,” joining favorites “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” “The National Dog Show” and “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.'

Photos: Marc Shaiman Is Debbie Gravitte's PLUS 1 At Birdland Photo Photos: Marc Shaiman Is Debbie Gravitte's PLUS 1 At Birdland
by A.A. Cristi - May 11, 2022

On Monday, May 9, Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte stormed the Birdland stage with another episode of her series “Plus 1,” with very special guest, songwriter Marc Shaiman. 

Vanessa Williams to Join SETH RUDETSKY'S BROADWAY at The Town Hall Photo Vanessa Williams to Join SETH RUDETSKY'S BROADWAY at The Town Hall
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022

The Town Hall & Mark Cortale will continue with the latest installment of the internationally acclaimed concert series Seth Rudetsky's Broadway, hosted and music directed by Sirius/XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street). On Monday, June 20 at 8pm, Seth welcomes platinum recording artist and star of stage and screen Vanessa Williams.

MAN OF GOD Extension, JUST FOR US & More Announced for Williamstown Theatre Festival  Photo MAN OF GOD Extension, JUST FOR US & More Announced for Williamstown Theatre Festival 2022 Summer Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022

Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced two special events for the 2022 summer season, an extension of Man of God due to popular demand, dates and programming for the Fridays@3 reading series, as well as creative teams and casting for Man of God, Most Happy in Concert, and we are continuous. 

BELOVED Comes To The Road Theatre In North Hollywood In May Photo BELOVED Comes To The Road Theatre In North Hollywood In May
by Stephi Wild - Apr 20, 2022

THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, announce the third and final show of its 30th Anniversary Repertory Season, Sam Anderson & Taylor Gilbert starring in the world premiere of BELOVED, written by Arthur Holden and directed by Cameron Watson.  

Allison Janney Videos

Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: THE MUSIC MAN's Hugh Jackman VideoMeet the 2022 Tony Nominees: THE MUSIC MAN's Hugh Jackman
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 4, 2022

Leading up to the 75th Annual Tony Awards, BroadwayWorld is getting up close and personal with the nominees. Today we're studying up on Hugh Jackman! Watch as Hugh tells us more about what this nomination and production means to him!

VIDEO: STILL WORKING 9 TO 5 Documentary Celebrates International Women's Day With New VideoVIDEO: STILL WORKING 9 TO 5 Documentary Celebrates International Women's Day With New Clip, Featuring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin & More
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 8, 2021

When the highest-grossing comedy, '9 to 5,' starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman and Lily Tomlin, exploded on the cinema screens in 1980, the laughs hid a serious message about women in the office.

BWW Exclusive: Rita Moreno Champions the Women's Movement in New Documentary STILL WO VideoBWW Exclusive: Rita Moreno Champions the Women's Movement in New Documentary STILL WORKING 9 TO 5
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 1, 2021

Moreno starred on the short-lived '9 to 5' television series in 1982 and 1983. She played Violet Newstead, the character originated in the movie by Lily Tomlin and eventually played on Broadway by Allison Janney.

BWW Exclusive: Jane Fonda Discusses Cultural Impact in New Documentary STILL WORKING  VideoBWW Exclusive: Jane Fonda Discusses Cultural Impact in New Documentary STILL WORKING 9 TO 5
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 23, 2021

'It validated [women's] thoughts that it ain't fair. It ain't fitting. As good workers, they shouldn't be treated that way,' Fonda says of '9 to 5,' which she starred in alongside Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. 

BWW Exclusive: Allison Janney Respects Women Who Paved the Way in New Documentary STI VideoBWW Exclusive: Allison Janney Respects Women Who Paved the Way in New Documentary STILL WORKING 9 TO 5
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 15, 2021

n the documentary, she will tell exclusive stories about her time onstage in that production — including one about what happened the day Marc Kudisch (the actor playing Mr. Hart) fell into the pit without a cushion underneath him.

VIDEO: Allison Janney Must Wear a COVID-19 Tracker on the MOM Set VideoVIDEO: Allison Janney Must Wear a COVID-19 Tracker on the MOM Set
by Stage Tube - Feb 11, 2021

Allison Janney shares her experience doing a virtual press tour, explains the process of filming her show Mom during the COVID-19 pandemic and compares herself to her Breaking News In Yuba County character.

BWW Exclusive: Dolly Parton Talks Equal Pay in New Documentary STILL WORKING 9 TO 5 VideoBWW Exclusive: Dolly Parton Talks Equal Pay in New Documentary STILL WORKING 9 TO 5
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 8, 2021

In this brand new clip from the upcoming documentary 'Still Working 9 to 5,' Dolly Parton discusses the conditions under which she joined the cast of the 1980 classic film.

VIDEO: Dolly Parton Reworks '9 to 5' for New Super Bowl Ad VideoVIDEO: Dolly Parton Reworks '9 to 5' for New Super Bowl Ad
by Stage Tube - Feb 2, 2021

'9 to 5' star and musical composer Dolly Parton reworked the classic song for a Squarespace Super Bowl commercial

VIDEO: Bridget Everett Talks About Scoring Her Own HBO Show on THE TONIGHT SHOW VideoVIDEO: Bridget Everett Talks About Scoring Her Own HBO Show on THE TONIGHT SHOW
by Stage Tube - Jan 28, 2021

Bridget Everett spills on fulfilling her lifelong dream of scoring her own HBO show, talks about working with Allison Janney and Wanda Sykes on Breaking News in Yuba County and shares how proud she is of her puppy for becoming a movie star.

VIDEO: Allison Janney Talks MOM, THE WEST WING Text Chain VideoVIDEO: Allison Janney Talks MOM, THE WEST WING Text Chain
by Stage Tube - Jan 22, 2021

Allison talks about her sitcom “Mom,” getting tested 7-8 times a week for COVID because of kissing scenes, staying in touch with the cast of “The West Wing,” her new movie Breaking News in Yuba County, and since she has been in so many movies and TV shows - we play a round of “Was I in It?”


Allison Janney Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Allison Janney been in?
Allison Janney has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Allison Janney been in?
Allison Janney has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Allison Janney been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Six Degrees of Separation , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Six Degrees of Separation , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for 9 to 5 , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for 9 to 5: The Musical , Outstanding Featured Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for A View from the Bridge , Best Featured Actress - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for A View from the Bridge , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for A View From the Bridge , Outstanding Featured Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for A View from the Bridg Best Featured Actress - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Present Laughter and Outstanding Featured Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Present Laughter .

What awards has Allison Janney won?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for 9 to 5, Outstanding Featured Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for A View from the Bridge, Best Featured Actress - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for A View from the Bridge Outstanding Featured Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for A View from the Bridgand Best Featured Actress - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Present Laughter .