Allison Janney

  • American actress
  • Born November 19, 1960

Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an American actress. A highly prolific character actress, Janney has received acclaim for her work on screen, stage and television bringing her multitude of accolades, including an Academy Award, seven Primetime Emmy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Janney won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the summer of 1984, following her graduation from Kenyon College.

It is a very difficult job, being the servant of two masters.

I am lucky enough to have Aaron Sorkin write what I have to say.

Everyone couldn't be happier and more terrified.

I have the power of my height. Growing up, it was a total drawback. There was nothing good about it at all.

One out of forty American men wears women's clothing. We've had more than forty presidents. One of these guys has been dancing around the Oval Office in a prom dress.

I can access emotions very easily.

An agent said he didn't know what to do with me, I wouldn't be able to play any parts but lesbians and aliens.

I'd like to make really important movies, like American Beauty. I was really proud to be a part of that movie.

I like people trying to do two things at once.

I grew up with brothers. I love men. Of course it's hard to be a woman in a man's world.

I'm afraid of flying.

If I could stomach the awful part of being a veterinarian, which involves sticking your hand up animals' behinds, I would be a vet.

Most Republicans call the show 'The Left Wing.'

I can tell when men are threatened by my height.

It's a great way to start the day, hearing you've been nominated for an Emmy. It's just thrilling.

Great drama is all about conflict, and what's a better conflict than Republican-Democrat?

Someone said I wasn't attractive enough. People say those things, but they make you stronger. Then you can win an Emmy and think, ha, ha, ha.