ALLISON JANNEY currently stars opposite Anna Faris in Chuck
Lorre's new hit comedy series Mom. She also recently appeared in a multi-episode
arc on the groundbreaking drama Masters of Sex.
Ms. Janney's upcoming movies include an as yet untitled modern-day adaptation
of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, in which she stars opposite
director/screenwriter Christian Camargo, William Hurt, and Jean Reno; Trust Me,
for director/actor Clark Gregg; Marc Lawrence's new comedy starring Hugh Grant;
and (in voiceover) the animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman, directed by Rob Minkoff.
Movie audiences know Ms. Janney from her outstanding performances in features
including Juno, directed by Jason Retiman; the screen version of the stage
musical Hairspray, directed by Adam Shankman; Cameron Watson's Our Very Own, for
which she was an Independent Spirit Award nominee; Todd Solondz's Life During
Wartime, for which she was again a Spirit Award nominee; Sam Mendes' Away We Go;
Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's The Way, Way Back; Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret; Stephen
Daldry's The Hours; Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty; Mike Nichols' Primary Colors;
Nicholas Hytner's The Object of My Affection; Ang Lee's The Ice Storm; Stanley
Tucci and Campbell Scott's Big Night; and - in voiceover - the Academy
Award-winning Finding Nemo, directed by Andrew Stanton.
She shared a Screen Actors Guild Award with her fellow actors from Sam
Mendes' Academy Award-winning American Beauty for Outstanding Performance by a
Cast in a Motion Picture, and recently shared the same prize with her fellow
actors from Tate Taylor's The Help, which was also a Best Picture Oscar nominee.
Throughout her career, Ms. Janney has made memorable guest-starring
appearances on television, but she is renowned for her starring role on the
acclaimed NBC series The West Wing, having won four Emmy Awards and four Screen
Actors Awards for her portrayal of White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg.
While a freshman studying acting at Kenyon College in Ohio, Ms. Janney
auditioned for Paul Newman - and got the part. Soon after, Mr. Newman and his
wife Joanne Woodward suggested that she study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in
New York. She followed their advice and went on to make her Broadway debut in a
revival of Noel Coward's Present Laughter, for which she earned an Outer Critics
Circle Award and the Clarence Derwent Award. She returned to Broadway in Arthur
Miller's A View from the Bridge, receiving her first Tony Award nomination and
winning another Outer Critics Circle Award. She was most recently seen on
Broadway in the musical 9 to 5, for which she earned a second Tony Award
nomination and won a Drama Desk Award.
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