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Allison Janney stars in "The Help," opposite Emma Stone and Viola Davis, as Charlotte Phelan. Janney also recently starred as Crystal Cohen in ABC's comedy "Mr. Sunshine," opposite Matthew Perry.

Displaying astonishing versatility with a wide range of roles in film, television and theater, Allison Janney has taken her place among a select group of actors who combine a leading lady's profile with a character actor's art of performance.

Janney recently appeared in "Life During Wartime," "A
Allison Janney in "Mr. Sunshine"
Allison Janney Mr. Sunshine
Thousand Words," Sam Mendes's "Away We Go," opposite John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, Adam Shankman's "Hairspray," opposite John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer, Jason Reitman's dramedy "Juno," alongside Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman, and Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret," opposite Matt Damon and Anna Paquin.

Janney received a 2006 Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for "Our Very Own," which debuted last year at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Additionally, she appeared in the independent films "Winter Solstice," "The Chumscrubber," which received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and "Picadilly Jim," which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

She previously appeared in the comedy "Strangers with Candy" and was heard as the voice of Gladys in Dreamworks' animated comedy "Over the Hedge." Janney also starred opposite Meryl Streep in "The Hours," which received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture. Other feature credits include the Academy Award winning films "American Beauty" (for which she won a SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture) and "Finding Nemo" as well as "Nurse Betty," "How to Deal," "Drop Dead Gorgeous," "10 Things I Hate About You," "Primary Colors," "The Ice Storm," "Celebrity," "Six Days Seven Nights," "The Object of My Affection" and "Big Night."

Janney is probably best known for her starring role as CJ Cregg in the award-winning NBC series "The West Wing." She won a remarkable four SAG Awards and four Emmys for her work on the series. She earned Golden Globe nominations four years in a row for her performance on the show as well.

Janney is also no stranger to the theater. While a freshman studying acting at Kenyon College in Ohio, Janney was cast in a show directed by Paul Newman. Soon after, Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward suggested she study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. She followed their advice and went on to make her Broadway debut in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter," for which she earned the Outer Critics Circle Award and Clarence Derwent Award. For her Broadway performance in Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge," she was nominated for a Tony Award and won the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition, she has starred in the New York City Public Theater's production of "The Taming of the Shrew," which was part of the Shakespeare in the Park series, and in the Williamstown Theatre Festival's production of Lillian Hellman's "The Autumn Garden."

Janney was recently seen on Broadway as Violet Newstead in the musical "9 to 5," for which she received a Tony Award nomination and Drama Desk Award.

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Age: 56 years old
Birthday: November 19, 1959
Height: 6' 0"
Full Name / Real Name: Allison Brooks Janney
Birthplace: Dayton, OH

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god says:
I just love Allison 'Granny' Janney. Did you see her as Charla Nash in 'Face-Off'? I heard she's going to be makng a series of singing Depends commercials with Harry 'Poop-Pants'. Connick Jr
albatross says:
Rumors abound about her appearing as Charla Nash in 'Face-Off'. It's said that her and Cheeta had an off-screen romance. I adore anything she does because she reminds me so much of my grandmother.
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