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Who is Allison Janney?

Born Allison Brooks Janney under the sign of Scorpio on the 19th of November 1959, in Boston, Massachusetts USA, Allison is a 58-year-old Caucasian actress of British and German descent, perhaps best known to the world for her widely recognized and rewarded performances in numerous films, such as “The Help”, “The Hours” and “Juno.” She has had a number of other roles across various films and TV shows throughout her often lucrative acting career since 1984.

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Early Life and Education

Janney was raised two siblings in her birthplace, by her father Jervis Spencer Janney, Jr., a real-estate developer and jazz musician, and her mother Macy Brooks (nee Putnam), who is a former actress. It is unknown when she first took an interest in what she does today, as well as any of her childhood hobbies. As for her education, she first attended The Miami Valley School in Dayton, Ohio, where she was later a distinguished alumna in 2004. She also attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, where she was Alumna of the Year in 2016. She later went on to attend Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where she studied alongside the late actor Paul Newman, who inspired her to pursue an acting career. Upon graduating from the said institution in the summer of 1984, Allison obtained a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. While doing summer programs there, she also attended the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City, where she spent two years, and finished alongside Steven Rogers.


After graduating from Kenyon College, Allison immediately obtained certain roles in various local plays, and spent some time accumulating acting experience, both as an acting student and as an actress. She made her film debut in 1989, in “Who Shot Patakango?”, and her TV series debut in “Morton & Hayes” in 1991. In between 1991 and 1999, Allison was cast in more than 20 roles, most of which were supporting, and thus her breakthrough was still to be achieved. However, in the latter year, she appeared in the pilot episode of “The West Wing”, where she then remained for 155 episodes as C.J. Cregg until 2006, at which point she was already a well-known actress. While filming, she found the time to audition for various other roles too, mostly across films, thus landing her name in the credits of almost 20 more titles. She would continue this streak for another five years, eventually landing a recurring role in 13 episodes of “Mr. Sunshine” in 2011. In 2012, she was cast in both of the short films about the reunion of “The West Wing” crew. Prior to that, she lent her voice to the Phineas and Ferb show, through 2014. Her streak of 20+ titles continued after that, only this time it was in a matter of four years. Nowadays, she is involved in three future releases.

Her Awards

Allison is definitely one of the most awarded actresses to date, with a 89 award wins from  299 nominations, with 11 runner-up positions. Her most recent award is the 2018 Oscar for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, in “I, Tonya”, while she is also the winner of seven Primetime Emmy Awards, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, six Critics’ Choice Awards and two Drama Desk Awards. She also has a British Film Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Independent Spirit Award, certainly an impressive CV.

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The West Wing

Not only is her performance in “The West Wing” one of the most important roles in her life, it’s also one of her most awarded roles. Portraying the press secretary in the said show, she won four Emmy Awards, both in the lead and supporting actress categories, which is a feat very few actors have achieved to date.

Love Life

As for Allison’s romantic involvements, due to her secrecy about this part of her life, not much is known about any affairs. However, it is known that she dated the actor Dennis Gagomiros from 1982 to 2001; the two broke up for unknown reasons, and for the next 11 years Allison’s relationship status was unknown, until in 2012 it was confirmed that she was dating Philip Joncas, a producer 20 years younger than her. To our knowledge thus far, the two are still dating.

What is Allison Janney’s Net Worth?

Over $4 million.

Body Measurements

  • Vital statistics are 35-25-36
  • Height is ~6ft (1.83m)
  • Weight is ~141lbs (64kg)
  • Hair is light brown
  • Eyes are light blue
  • Bra size is 34C
  • Foot size is 11
  • Dress size is 4

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