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Allison Janney

Allison Janney is an award-winning actress who has earned a solid reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles on screen, and who more recently has become prominent by portraying one of the major characters in the popular TV series The West Wing (1999). Entertainment Weekly magazine describes Janney's screen presence as "uncommonly ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 5 Golden Globes. Another 38 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 Minions
Madge Nelson (voice)
 2015 Spy
Elaine Crocker (uncredited)
 2015 The DUFF
 2014 Get on Up
 2014 Tammy
 2013 Trust Me
 2009 Away We Go
 2006 Over the Hedge
Gladys (voice)
 2005 Our Very Own
Joan Whitfield
 2004/I Winter Solstice
Molly Ripkin
 2003 Finding Nemo
Peach (voice)
 1999 The Debtors
 1998 Celebrity
Evelyn Isaacs
 1998 Six Days Seven Nights
Marjorie, Robin's Boss
 1998 Primary Colors
Miss Walsh
 1997 Julian Po
Lilah Leech
 1997 The Ice Storm
Dot Halford
 1996 Rescuing Desire
 1996 The Associate
 1996 Faithful
 1996 Big Night
 1996 Walking and Talking
Gum Puller
 1995 Heading Home
 1994 Miracle on 34th Street
Woman in Christmas Shop
 1994 Wolf
Party Guest
 1994 Dead Funny
 1989 Who Shot Patakango?
Miss Penny
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Other Works:

: Played Violet Newstead in "9 to 5: The Musical" musical by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick, based on the motion picture with story by Resnick, screenplay by Colin Higgins and Resnick on Broadway (Studio 54, New York City, New York, USA). See more »

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5 Interviews | 5 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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[2011, on Lost (2004)] Most difficult acting job I've ever had to do in my life. Didn't enjoy acting outdoors, in streams and in the elements. It was very hard. I had to loop most of my performance for that. That's what I want to say about that: I had to loop for 10 hours. That was not fun. I don't like looping. And it was a weird decision, I think, in my career to do that, 'cause I... I don't ... See more »


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. See more »


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