Allison Janney –

Allison Janney in I, Tonya.

Allison Janney: Best Supporting Actress, 2017:

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Allison Janney won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in the 2017 film I, Tonya, portraying real-life Olympic skater Tonya Harding's hard-bitten mother LaVona Fay Golden. Her performance has earned her wide critical acclaim, with many critics citing her work as the highlight of the film and among the best of her career.

About Allison Janney (1959 – ____)

Allison Brooks Janney was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the summer of 1984, after her graduation from Kenyon College.

Janney attended The Miami Valley School in Dayton, where she was named a distinguished alumna in 2004, and the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, where she was named Alumna of the Year in 2016. She then attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. At Kenyon, she studied with Paul Newman, a fellow Kenyon alumnus. He directed her in a play as the inaugural event of the school's newly dedicated Bolton Theater. Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward encouraged Janney to continue acting. She went on to train at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and did summer programs at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Following years of minor and uncredited film and television appearances, her breakthrough occurred with her portrayal of Press Secretary C.J. Cregg on the NBC's political drama The West Wing for which she received four Primetime Emmy Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her character was widely popular during the series run and was later recognised as one of the greatest female characters on American television as well as being hailed as a feminist icon. In 2014, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Margaret Scully on the Showtime's period drama Masters of Sex. In 2014 and 2015, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Bonnie Plunkett on the CBS sitcom Mom.

She made her Broadway debut in the 1996 revival of Present Laughter and received Drama Desk Awards for her performances in the 1997 Broadway revival of A View From the Bridge, and the 2009 original Broadway production of the musical 9 to 5. She also received Tony Award nominations for the latter two.

Her film roles include Primary Colors, Drop Dead Gorgeous, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Hours, Finding Nemo, Over the Hedge, Hairspray, Juno, The Way, Way Back, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Tammy, Get On Up, Spy, Minions, Finding Dory, The Girl on the Train and Tallulah. In 2017, her portrayal as LaVona Golden in the black comedy I, Tonya won her widespread acclaim and earned her numerous accolades, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics' Choice Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Janney's first role on television was in the short-lived black-and-white faux-1940s comedy Morton & Hayes; she appeared in two episodes of the 1991 CBS series as Eddie Hayes' wife. She subsequently moved on to soap operas: she first played Vi Kaminski for a short time on As the World Turns, following up with a two-year role as Ginger, one of the Spaulding maids, on Guiding Light. In the spring of 1994, she appeared in the season four finale of Law & Order, as a reluctant witness against a member of the Russian mob.

In 1999, she was cast as presidential press secretary C.J. Cregg on the TV drama The West Wing, for which she won four Emmy Awards. Two of the Emmys were for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2000 and 2001, and two were for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the years 2002 and 2004. She was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the 2003 and 2006 Primetime Emmys. Janney won two Screen Actors Guild awards for Best Actress in a dramatic series, in 2001 and 2002. The cast of The West Wing won the Screen Actor's Guild award for Best Ensemble in a dramatic series the same two years. Additional accolades for Janney's work in The West Wing include four Golden Globe award nominations, and a nomination in 2002 for American Film Institute's Actor of the Year. In January 2006, The West Wing's cast was also nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast.

Janney appeared in the short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip in a guest appearance as herself (episode: "The Disaster Show"). In 2010, she appeared as Allison Pearson in In Plain Sight. In May 2010, she appeared in an episode of the ABC TV series Lost as the adoptive mother of the show's two mythological opponents, Jacob and the Man in Black. She starred in the ABC network comedy Mr. Sunshine. In 2014, Janney won two Emmy Awards. For her role in the series Mom, opposite Anna Faris, she won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, while for her recurring role in Masters of Sex, she won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. On the Disney Channel animated show Phineas and Ferb Janney voiced Charlene.

Janney has appeared in many films, including 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 early 2000s films Nurse Betty, The Hours, The Chumscrubber, How to Deal, Winter Solstice and a voice role in the animated movie Finding Nemo, voicing Peach, the starfish.

In 2006, she had roles in the feature films Margaret and Over the Hedge. That same year, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in Our Very Own. In 2007, she appeared in Juno, playing the part of Bren MacGuff, the title character's stepmother. The same year, Janney appeared in the Golden-Globe-nominated film Hairspray, as Prudy Pingleton, Penny's (Amanda Bynes) strict and religious mother. She appeared in such films as The Help, Struck By Lightning and Liberal Arts. Janney appeared in the 2015 films Spy and The DUFF. She then co-starred in the fantasy film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and portrayed a homicide detective in the mystery thriller The Girl on the Train.

In 2017, Janney starred in the biographical black comedy I, Tonya, portraying real-life Olympic skater Tonya Harding's mother LaVona Fay Golden. Her performance received wide critical acclaim, with various critics and publications citing her performance as the film's highlight and one of the best of her career.

In 2004, she lended her voice to television and radio spots created by Kaiser Permanente in the health maintenance organization's broad "Thrive" media campaign. She was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in television, located at 6100 Hollywood Boulevard.

In interviews related to her role on Mom, Janney revealed the story of her brother, Hal, who fought addiction and committed suicide. On March 4, 2018, Janney dedicated her Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Hal.

Allison Janney's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1989Who Shot Patakango?Miss Penny
1994Dead FunnyJennifer
1994The Cowboy WayNYPD computer operator
1994WolfParty Guest
1994Miracle on 34th StreetWoman in Christmas Shop
1995Heading HomeMary Polanski
1996Rescuing DesireBetsy
1996Walking and TalkingGum Puller
1996Big NightAnn
1996The AssociateSandy
1997Anita LibertyGynecologist
1997Private PartsDee Dee
1997The Ice StormDot Halford
1997Julian PoLilah Leech
1998Primary ColorsMiss Walsh
1998The Object of My AffectionConstance Miller
1998The ImpostorsMaxine
1998Six Days, Seven NightsMarjorie, Robin's boss
1998CelebrityEvelyn Isaacs
199910 Things I Hate About YouMs. Perky
1999Drop Dead GorgeousLoretta
1999American BeautyBarbara Fitts
1999The Debtors
2000Leaving DrewPaula
2000Auto MotivesGretchen
2000Nurse BettyLyla Branch
2000Rooftop KissesMelissa
2002The HoursSally Lester
2003Finding NemoPeach (voice)
2003How to DealLydia Martin
2003Chicken PartyBarbara Strasser
2004Piccadilly JimEugenia Crocker
2004Winter SolsticeMolly Ripkin
2005Strangers with CandyAlice
2005The ChumscrubberAllie Stifle
2005Our Very OwnJoan Whitfield
2006Over the HedgeGladys Sharp (voice)
2007HairsprayPrudy Pingleton
2007JunoBrenda "Bren" MacGuff
2008Pretty Ugly PeopleSuzanna
2008Prop 8: The MusicalProp 8 leader's wife
2009Away We GoLily
2009Life During WartimeTrish Maplewood
2011MargaretWounded woman / Monica Patterson
2011A Thousand WordsSamantha Davis
2011The HelpCharlotte Phelan
2012The OrangesCathy Ostroff
2012Struck By LightningSheryl Phillips
2012Liberal ArtsProf. Judith Fairfield
2013The Way Way BackBetty Thompson
2013Days and NightsElizabeth
2013Bad WordsDr. Bernice Deagan
2013Trust MeMeg
2013Brightest StarThe Astronomer
2014Mr. Peabody & ShermanMrs. Grunion (voice)
2014The RewriteMary Weldon
2014Get On UpKathy
2015The DUFFDottie Piper
2015SpyElaine Crocker
2015MinionsMadge Nelson (voice)
2016TallulahMargaret "Margo" Mooney
2016Finding DoryPeach (voice)
2016Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenDr. Nancy Golan/Mr. Barron
2016The Girl on the TrainDetective Riley
2017A Happening of Monumental ProportionsUnknown
2017Sun DogsRose Chipley
2017I, TonyaLaVona Fay Golden

Allison Janney's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1991Morton & HayesBeatrice Caldicott-Hayes
1992Law & OrderNora
1993Blind SpotDoreen
1993–1995Guiding LightGinger
1994Law & OrderAnn Madsen
1995The Wright VerdictsAlice Klein
1995New York UndercoverVivian
1996Aliens in the FamilyPrincipal Sherman
1996CosbyPodiatric Nurse
1997...First Do No HarmDr. Melanie Abbasac
1997Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center BombingAssistant District Attorney
1998David and LisaAlix
1999LateLineHelen Marschant
1999–2006The West WingC.J. Cregg
2000A Girl ThingKathy McCormack
2001–2002FrasierPhyllis (voice) / Susanna
2003King of the HillLaura
2005WeedsMs. Greenstein
2007Two and a Half MenBeverly
2007Studio 60 on the Sunset StripHerself
2008–2013Phineas and FerbCharlene Doofenshmirtz (voice)
2010–2015Family GuyMistress Vita/Crystal Quagmire/Teen People Editor (voice)
2010In Plain SightAllison Pearson
2011Glenn Martin, DDSMarcia
2011Mr. SunshineCrystal Cohen
2012The Big CRita Strauss
2012Robot ChickenGrammi Gummi/Woman (voice)
2013VeepJanet Ryland
2013–2015Masters of SexMargaret Scully
2013–presentMomBonnie Plunkett
2014Web TherapyJudith Frick
2016The SimpsonsJulia (voice)
2016Comedy Bang! Bang!Herself
2017F Is for FamilyHenrietta Van Horne (voice)
2017American Dad!Jessie (voice)
2018DuckTalesGoldie O'Gilt (voice)

Academy Nominations/Awards won by Allison Janney include...

Year Movie Award
2017 I, Tonya Best Supporting Actress

Memorable Quotes by Allison Janney

[on her towering height] “ Years ago, one casting agent told me that the only roles I could play were lesbians and aliens. ”

[on staying sane and happy] “ Dogs tether you to the earth in some really good way. And exercise, of course. And martinis. And sexy high heels. That's it. Good work, a nice pair of heels, a martini, a dog and a man — not necessarily in that order. ”

“ Listen, I'm an actor. I can make anyone believe anything. I don't have to know what the hell I'm talking about. ”

“ I hate auditioning so much. I like people who go, "You know what? Allison can do this.". ”

[on 10 Things I Hate About You] “ My first big movie where I got money. Where I got real money that I put in the bank. That was very important to me... And to my father. I remember having dinner with him, telling him, "Dad, I just got cast in this part, and they're paying me blank amount of money", and it was enough to put in the bank and save. And he was very proud of me. ”

“ Always go to bed with clean feet. That's from my grandma. ”

Things You May Not Know About Allison Janney

Her father is a jazz musician, and she has two brothers who are also both musicians. She had dreams of becoming an Olympic skater before a freak accident derailed that — she ran blindly through a glass door and was severely injured.

Announced live on WCBM Radio's "Tom Marr Show" that she had accepted actor Richard Jenik's proposal and was engaged to be married around Christmas, 2004. The couple broke off their engagement in November 2006.

Most admires Susan B. Anthony.

Allison provides the voice for the Star Tours Hostess Aly San San. The updated version of the Walt Disney World/Disneyland Attraction opened May/June 2011.

She has English, and smaller amounts of German and Scottish, ancestry. Her lineage in the U.S. goes back to the 1600s, rooted in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, New York, and Massachusetts.

Allison's mother Macy once roomed with actress Eileen Brennan.

Allison Janney in A Girl Thing (2001)... bottom picture
with Rebecca De Mornay and Glenne Headly.
Janney in Away We Go (2009)... middle picture with
Maya Rudolph... bottom picture with Jim Gaffigan.
In Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)... top and bottom
pictures with Ellen Barkin ... middle picture with Kirsten Dunst.
In Hairspray (2007)... top picture with Amanda Bynes... bottom picture with John Travolta.
Janney in her Oscar-winning performance in I, Tonya (2017)...
bottom picture with Margot Robbie.
With Ellen Page and Olivia Thirlby in Juno (2007).
In Life During Wartime (2009)... second picture
with Michael Lerner... bottom picture with Dylan Riley Snyder.
In Lost (2004)... with Lela Loren in third picture... with Mark Pellegrino in bottom picture.
In Masters of Sex (2013)... with Beau Bridges, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Sheen, Teddy Sears, and Caitlin FitzGerald in second picture... with Beau Bridges in third picture.
In Mom (2013)... top two pictures with Anna Faris... third picture with Jaime Pressly.
In Mr. Sunshine (2011).... with Toby Huss
in second picture... with Nate Torrence in bottom picture.
As Press Secretary C.J. Cregg in The West Wing (1999)... bottom picture with Oliver Platt.
With Emma Stone in The Help (2011)... top picture with Roslyn Ruff.
Allison Janney with Josh Pais in Touchy Feely (2013).