Facts about Allison Janney

Allison Janney is 59 years old
Best known as: C. J. Cregg on TV's The West Wing

     

     

Allison Janney Biography

Allison Janney won an Oscar in 2018 for her supporting role in I, Tonya (2017), playing the bitter and determined mother of Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie).

A veteran of stage and screen, Allison Janney won three Emmy awards for her portrayal of press secretary C. J. Cregg on the television series The West Wing (1999-2006, starring Martin Sheen), and has since had a successful big screen career.

Janney has appeared in feature films including The Ice Storm (1997, starring Sigourney Weaver), American Beauty (1999, starring Annette Bening) and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger).

An accomplished character actor, she has done voice work for TV and appeared on Broadway, earning a 1998 Tony nomination for her role in A View From the Bridge.

To younger audiences she’s known as Amanda Bynes‘s strict mom in Hairspray (2007, based on the John Waters movie) and as Ellen Page‘s not-so-strict step-mom in Juno (2007).

 

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Early in her career, Janney appeared on the daytime drama The Guiding Light (1993-95)… She claims she is “five feet, twelve inches” tall.


     

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