Fast Facts

  • As a young woman, her mother, Macy, roomed with Eileen Brennan and Rue McClanahan while studying acting in New York.
  • Childhood ambition was to be an Olympic figure skater, but an accident ended that dream.
  • Played field hockey and ran track in high school.
  • A fear of laboratory rats derailed her plans to major in psychology at Kenyon College.
  • While in college, appeared in a play directed by Kenyon alumnus Paul Newman. Newman and his wife, Joanne Woodward, became mentors to Janney, urging her to study at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse.
  • News networks offered her work as a political pundit when The West Wing was on the air.
  • Says her height (6 ft.) has sometimes been an obstacle in landing parts, especially early on in her career.
  • Works with the charity Modest Needs, which helps low-income households.

Awards

  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1998, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner
  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2009, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2011, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jay Janney — Brother
  • Jervis Janney — Father
  • Richard Jenik — Ex-fiancé
  • Philip Joncas — Significant Other
  • Hal Janney — Brother
  • Macy Janney — Mother

College

  • Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, United States (BA in Drama, 1982)

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  • Birth Place: Dayton, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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