Primetime Emmy Award winner Allison Janney stars on CBS series Mom and also guest stars in the critically-lauded Showtime cable series Masters of Sex. She is widely known to fans of long-running television series The West Wing as White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg in the drama.
Janney won an Oscar for her performance in I, Tonya. She co-starred in Academy Award-nominated film The Help, for which the cast won ensemble awards from the Screen Actors Guild, National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics. She also appeared in the Oscar-winning ensemble hit Juno, the movie adaption of Tony Award-winning play Hairspray and Academy Award-winner American Beauty, among other productions.
Janney, who starred opposite Meryl Streep in The Hours, also delivered a well-received performance in feature Life During Wartime and has been heard in the animated films Over the Hedge as as the voice of “Gladys” and Finding Nemo as “Peach.”
While just a freshman studying acting at Kenyon College in Ohio, Janney auditioned for Paul Newman — who, along with his wife Joanne Woodward, suggested she further her studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.
Having followed their advice, she went on thereafter to make her critically-acclaimed Broadway theatre debut in Present Laughter, earn her first Tony Award nomination for her work in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge and more recently, garner another Tony for her turn in perennial musical 9 to 5.