American actress Allison Brooks Janney was born November 19, 1959. Her performances on screen and stage have been praised over the course of her three-decade-long career. Janney has been honored with numerous awards, including an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award. She also received seven Primetime Emmy Awards. There were also nominations for two Tony Awards.

Janney was born in Boston, and raised in Dayton (Ohio). She received a scholarship to study at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art after she graduated from Kenyon College. Janney made her television debut in 1999 as C. J. Cregg, a role she played on NBC’s political drama The West Wing (1999 to 2006), where she won four Primetime Emmy Awards. For her role in the Showtime drama Masters of Sex, Margaret Scully, Janney won the Primetime Emmy Award 2014 for Outstanding Guest Actress In a Drama Series. Janney was nominated six times for Primetime Emmy Awards and twice won Outstanding Supporting Actress Comedy Series.

Janney went to Kenyon College

Janney was born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 19, 1959 and raised in Dayton. Janney is the daughter Macy Brooks Janney, an actress, and Jervis Scott Janney Jr., a jazz musician and real estate developer. Jay is her older brother. Hal (1961-1911 Hal), who was a recovering addict and had struggled with depression for many years, died in suicide at 49.

She was educated at the Miami Valley School in Dayton where she was named a distinguished alumni in 2005. In 2016, she attended the Hotchkiss School, Connecticut where she was named Alumna-of-the Year in 2016. Janney initially wanted to pursue a career as a figure skater, but her tall stature, and an accident that occurred when she was just a teenager, ended her dream. Janney attended Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio where she majored as a theatre major. She also met Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman at a play for Newman’s inaugural event at the Bolton Theater. They encouraged Janney to keep acting and provided her with guidance in the beginning stages of her career. She continued her training at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, New York, and was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the middle of 1984.


Janney was first seen on television in the black-and-white comedy Morton & Hayes. She also appeared in two episodes as Eddie Hayes’ wife in 1991 CBS series. After that, she moved to soap operas. She played the role of Vi Kaminski in As the World Turns for a short time, followed by the recurring role as Ginger on Guiding Light, where she was a Spaulding maid for almost two years. She appeared as a reluctant witness in the Russian mob’s season four finale of Law & Order in 1994. She was also part of the cast on A Prairie Home Companion.

Personal life

Janney has never married and has not had children. She stated that she has never felt the need to have children. Dennis Gagomiros, a computer programmer, was her romantic partner. They began dating in 1994 and they were open to getting married. However, their relationship ended in 2001 after seven years of being together. She met Richard Jenik, her co-star on Our Very Own in 2002. They were engaged when they got married in 2004, but split two years later in 2006. In 2012, Janney met production manager Philip Joncas. The pair met on The Way, Way Back’s set in 2012 and started dating shortly thereafter. They dated for five more years before they ended their relationship in 2017.

Janney spoke out about her brother Hal’s struggle with drug addiction, which led to his suicide. She has often credited Mom for helping addicts. Janney dedicated her Academy Award award win to him on March 4, 2018.

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