November 19, 1959
61 years old
6 ft 0 in | 183 cm
35-24-36 in | 89-61-91 cm
65 kg | 143 lbs
11 US | 42 EU
Allison Brooks Janney was born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, on November 19, 1959, is an American actress.
Young Allison Janney first started performing during her years at the Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in school theater productions.
She landed her Off-Broadway debut in a play "Ladies" (1989) and her Broadway debut in a play "Present Laughter" (1996) in role as Liz Essendine, at Playwrights Horizons.
She made her big screen debut in comedy film Who Shot Patakango? (1989) in role as Miss Penny.
She got her television debut in CBS comedy series Morton & Hayes (1991) in in two episodes, in role as Beatrice Caldicott-Hayes.
Her breakthrough performance came as C. J. Cregg in NBC political drama television series The West Wing (1999–2006).
Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) comedy crime drama in role as Sue Buttons, with Mila Kunis and Juliette Lewis
Lazy Susan (2020) comedy in role as Velvet Swensen, opposite Sean Hayes and J.R. Ramirez
She won the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as LaVona Golden in biographical black comedy film I, Tonya (2017).
Juno (2007) coming-of-age comedy drama opposite Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman
Big Night (1996) comedy drama with Stanley Tucci, Minnie Driver and Isabella Rossellini
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) black comedy opposite Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards and Amy Adams
Primary Colors (1998) comedy drama with John Travolta, Emma Thompson and Kathy Bates
The Object of My Affection (1998) romantic comedy drama opposite Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston
Liberal Arts (2012) comedy drama with Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen and Zac Efron
The Cowboy Way (1994) action comedy opposite Woody Harrelson, Kiefer Sutherland and Dylan McDermott
Life During Wartime (2009) comedy drama with Shirley Henderson and Ciarán Hinds
How to Deal (2003) romantic comedy drama opposite Mandy Moore and Trent Ford
The Associate (1996) comedy with Whoopi Goldberg and Dianne Wiest
Bad Education (2019) dark comedy drama opposite Hugh Jackman, Alex Wolff and Geraldine Viswanathan
Tallulah (2016) comedy drama with Ellen Page and Tammy Blanchard
The Oranges (2011) romantic comedy drama opposite Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener
Dead Funny (1994) drama with Elizabeth Peña and Carol Schneider
Struck by Lightning (2012) coming-of-age comedy drama opposite Chris Colfer, Sarah Hyland and Christina Hendricks
Tammy (2014) comedy with Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates
Bombshell (2019) opposite Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie
She won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and one Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as C. J. Cregg in NBC political drama television series The West Wing (1999–2006).
She won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Bonnie Plunkett in CBS sitcom Mom (2013- ).
She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Margaret Scully in Showtime period drama television series Masters of S*x (2013-2015).
Guiding Light (1993-1995) CBS soap opera in role as Ginger
In Plain Sight (2010) crime drama television series in role as Allison Pearson
Mr. Sunshine (2011) ABC sitcom in role as Crystal Cohen
Web Therapy (2014) Showtime comedy series in role as Judith Frick
Attended the Miami Valley School in Dayton and the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.
Graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
Has two brothers, Hal and Jay.
Has English, German and Scottish ancestry.
She played ice and field hockey in high school.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6100 Hollywood Boulevard in 2016.
Big fan of rap music.
She voiced Peach in animated adventure films: Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016).
Featured in music video for Rachael Yamagata "Let Me Be Your Girl" (2016).
She voiced Madge Nelson in animated comedy film Minions (2015) and Margaux Needler in animated black comedy movie The Addams Family (2019).
Lives in California, United States.
Has been engaged to Richard Jenik (2004-2006).
She dated Dennis Gagomiros (1994-2001) and Philip Joncas (2012-2017).