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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 6 Golden Globes. Another 49 wins & 70 nominations. See more awards »

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 2017 Sun Dogs
Rose Chipley
 2017 I, Tonya
LaVona Golden
 2016 The Girl on the Train
Detective Riley
 2016 Finding Dory
Peach (voice)
 2016 Tallulah
 2015/I The Night Is Young
 2015 Minions
Madge Nelson (voice)
 2015 Spy
Elaine Crocker
 2015 The DUFF
 2014 Get on Up
 2014 Tammy
 2014 The Rewrite
Professor Weldon
 2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Ms. Grunion (voice)
 2014 Days and Nights
 2013 Brightest Star
The Astronomer
 2013 Bad Words
Dr. Bernice Deagan
 2013 Trust Me
 2013 The Way Way Back
 2013 Touchy Feely
 2012 Struck by Lightning
Sheryl Phillips
 2012/I A Thousand Words
Samantha Davis
 2012 Liberal Arts
Professor Judith Fairfield
 2011/I Margaret
Monica Patterson
 2011 The Oranges
 2011 The Help
Charlotte Phelan
 2009 Life During Wartime
 2009 Away We Go
 2008 Pretty Ugly People
 2007 Juno
Bren MacGuff
 2007 Hairspray
Prudy Pingleton
 2006 Over the Hedge
Gladys (voice)
 2005 Our Very Own
Joan Whitfield
 2005 Piccadilly Jim
Eugenia Crocker
 2005 The Chumscrubber
Allie Stiffle
 2005 Strangers with Candy
 2004/I Winter Solstice
Molly Ripkin
 2003 How to Deal
Lydia Martin
 2003 Finding Nemo
Peach (voice)
 2002 The Hours
Sally Lester
 2000 Nurse Betty
Lyla Branch
 1999 The Debtors
 1999 American Beauty
Barbara Fitts
 1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous
 1999 10 Things I Hate About You
Ms. Perky
 1998 Celebrity
Evelyn Isaacs
 1998 Six Days Seven Nights
Marjorie, Robin's Boss
 1998 The Impostors
 1998 The Object of My Affection
Constance Miller
 1998 Primary Colors
Miss Walsh
 1997 Julian Po
Lilah Leech
 1997 The Ice Storm
Dot Halford
 1997 Private Parts
Dee Dee
 1996 Rescuing Desire
 1996 The Associate
 1996 Faithful
 1996 Big Night
 1996 Walking and Talking
Gum Puller
 1995 Heading Home
Mary Polanski
 1994 Miracle on 34th Street
Woman in Christmas Shop
 1994 Wolf
Party Guest
 1994 The Cowboy Way
NYPD Computer Operator
 1994 Dead Funny
 1989 Who Shot Patakango?
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[2011, on making Mr. Sunshine (2011)] Oh my God. I mean, it was just a candy store for me. I had so much fun playing her, and I wish I could've gone on playing her, because she was really fun. I love to play those absurd women. And I got to sing with James Taylor! If nothing else, I got to do that. And Matthew Perry is pretty great to work with, too. I had a great time. I'm sorry and sad it ... See more »


In an article praising the most exceptional women of the year ("Those we loved in 2005," The Guardian, 16 December 2005), Laura Barton gave "a big thank you" to Allison Janney, "aka C.J. from The West Wing (1999) -- her mere existence is reason enough to give thanks". See more »


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