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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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