Allison Janney Biography (1960?-)

Full name, Allison Brooke Janney; born November 19, 1960 (some sources cite 1959), in Dayton, OH; daughter of Jervis (a jazz musician and real estate executive) and Macy Janney. Addresses: Office: c/o John Wells Productions,Warner Bros. Television, Room 204, 4000 Warner Blvd., Building 133, Burbank,CA 91522.; Agent: Paradigm, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067.; Manager: Henze Management, 1925 Century Park East, Suite 2320,Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Birth Details
November 19, 1960?
Dayton, Ohio, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Miss Penny, Who Shot Patakango? (also known as Brooklyn Love Story and Who Shot Pat?), 1990
  • (Uncredited) Young businessperson, Wolf, Columbia, 1994
  • The woman, Miracle on 34th Street, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • Linda Polanski, Heading Home, 1994
  • Lady cop, The Cowboy Way, Universal, 1994
  • Jennifer, Dead Funny, A-pix Entertainment, 1994
  • Sandy, The Associate, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Saleslady, Faithful, New Line Cinema, 1996
  • Ann, Big Night, Samuel Goldwyn, 1996
  • Amelia's neighbor, Walking and Talking, Miramax, 1996
  • Heather, Flux, 1996
  • Lilah, Julian Po (also known as The Tears of Julian Po), Fine Line, 1997
  • Dot Halford, The Ice Storm, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Dee Dee, Private Parts (also known as Howard Stern's Private Parts), Paramount, 1997
  • Gynecologist, Anita Liberty, 1997
  • Miss Walsh, Primary Colors (also known as Perfect Couple and Mit aller Macht), Universal, 1998
  • Marjorie, Six Days, Seven Nights, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Constance Miller, The Object of My Affection, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Maxine ("Maxi"), The Impostors (also known as Ship of Fools), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Evelyn Isaacs, Celebrity, Miramax, 1998
  • Loretta, Drop Dead Gorgeous (also known as Gnadenlos schoen), New Line Cinema, 1999
  • Ms. Perky, 10 Things I Hate about You, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Barbara Fitts, American Beauty, DreamWorks, 1999
  • Lyla Branch, Nurse Betty, Universal, 2000
  • Paula, Leaving Drew, 2000
  • Sally, The Hours, Miramax/Paramount, 2002
  • Also appeared in the film On Board.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Ginger, The Guiding Light, CBS, 1993-1995
  • C. J. Cregg, The West Wing, NBC, 1999-?
  • Movies
  • Doreen, "Blind Spot," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1993
  • Dr. Melanie Abbasac, ... First Do No Harm, ABC, 1997
  • Assistant district attorney, Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of theWorld Trade Center Bombing (also known as Path to Paradise), HBO,1997
  • Alix, David and Lisa (also known as Oprah Winfrey Presents David and Lisa), ABC, 1998
  • Episodic
  • Beatrice Caldicott, "Society Saps," Morton & Hayes, 1991
  • Mrs. Morton, "Home Buddies," Morton & Hayes, 1991
  • Nora, "Star Struck," Law & Order, NBC, 1992
  • Ann Madsen, "Old Friends," Law & Order, NBC, 1994
  • "Digital Underground," New York Undercover, Fox, 1995
  • "Sins of the Father," The Wright Verdicts, CBS, 1995
  • Podiatric nurse, "Happily Ever Hilton," Cosby, CBS, 1996
  • Principal Sherman, "A Very Brody Tweeznax," Aliens in the Family,ABC, 1996
  • Helen Marschant, "The Minister of Television," LateLine, ABC, 1999
  • Phyllis, "The Two Hundredth," Frasier, NBC, 2001
  • Suzanne, "Three Blind Dates," Frasier, NBC, 2002
  • Also appeared in episodes of As the World Turns, CBS.
  • Other
  • Kathy McCormack, A Girl Thing (miniseries), Showtime, 2001
  • Intimate Portrait: Allison Janney (special), Lifetime, 2001
  • Stage Appearances
  • Citizen Tom Paine, Eisenhower Theatre/John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1986-1987
  • Nickie, Ladies, Theatre at St. Clement's Church, New York City, 1989
  • Megan Calember, Making Book, Primary Stages Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • Nyla, One Neck, Mobile Home Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • T. C., Idioglossia, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 1992-1993
  • Mindy, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Manhattan Class Company,New York City, 1993
  • Alice, Breaking Up, American Stage Company, Primary Stages Theatre, 1993
  • Stephanie, "I Can't Stop Thinking Today," in Class 1-Acts, Manhattan Class Company, 1994
  • Phyllis Hogan, Fat Men in Skirts, Naked Angels Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Mrs. Youngblood, "The Far-Flung," in Marathon '94, Ensemble StudioTheatre, New York City, 1994
  • Mrs. Pascal, The House of Yes, Soho Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • Gemma Baker, New England, Stage I/Manhattan Theatre Club, New YorkCity, 1995
  • Boo, Blue Window, Stage I/Manhattan Theatre Club, 1996
  • Liz Essendine, Present Laughter, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1996-1997
  • Beatrice, A View from the Bridge, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1998
  • Katherina, The Taming of the Shrew, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • The Seagull, 2001
  • Appeared in Bad Habits, Manhattan Theatre Club; Lilith, Home for Contemporary Theatre; Inspector Carol and Alone at the Beach, both Baystreet Theatre Festival; Velvet Elvis, River Arts; and Prescribed Laughter, at New York State and Film Theatre; also appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
  • Radio Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Frequent guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.
  • Taped Readings
  • Illusions by Janet Dailey, HarperAudio, 1997
  • The Lazarus Child by Robert Mawson, BDD, 1998

Further Reference


    • Los Angeles Magazine, January, 2001
    • My Generation, March/April, 2001, pp. 64-66
    • People Weekly, April 3, 2000, p. 89

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