Allison Brooks Janney (November 19, 1959) is an American actress, born in Boston, Massachusetts.
Throughout her career Janney has received numerous awards, including an Academy Award, seven Primetime Emmy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and seven SAG Awards.
SHe is best knowng for her roles in such TV series like The West Wing, Masters of Sex, Mom and many others. The character she played in West Wing was tremendously popular and was later recognized as one of the greatest female characters on American television.
Her film roles include Private Parts, Primary Colors, 10 Things I Hate About You, Drop Dead Gorgeous, American Beauty, The Hours, Hairspray, Juno, The Help, The Way, Way Back, Tammy, Spy, Tallulah, The Girl on the Train, and I, Tonya. The latter brough her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Allison Janney is 6 ft tall, which makes her a constant target for comedians.