Displaying astonishing versatility with a wide range of roles,
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. Janney was recently seen in
the much anticipated feature film "The Help" based on the best selling novel of
the same name. The film has garnered much awards buzz and has been named one of
the Top 10 films of the year by numerous groups. In addition, Janney received a
SAG nomination as part of the ensemble and the cast won Ensemble Awards from the
National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics. Next up for release she
has "The Oranges" alongside Catherine Keener and Hugh Laurie, "Liberal Arts"
with Josh Radnor and "Struck By Lightning" with Chris Colfer.
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
Janney has 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.
Additionally, she appeared in Sam Mendes' "Away We Go," the comedy "Strangers
with Candy," and was heard as the voice of â€˜Gladys' in Dreamworks' 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) 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."
While a freshman studying acting at Kenyon College in Ohio, Janney auditioned
for Paul Newman 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.
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