Barton Scully's dutiful but unfulfilled wife is completely naïve sexually until she gets wind of Dr. Masters' study. Her awakening leads to a surprising turn in her own life and a realization about her husband.
The incredibly versatile Allison Janney has taken her place among a select group of actors who combine a leading lady’s profile with a character actor’s art of performance. Most recently she has been tapped to co-star, along with Anna Faris, in the new CBS/Chuck Lorre sitcom, MOM. In addition Janney has been busy with a number of films, including the premiere of Lynn Shelton’s TOUCHY FEELY at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the Untitled Christian Camargo project with William Hurt and Jean Reno, THE WAY, WAY BACK with Steve Carell and Toni Collette (which was acquired at Sundance for a record sum by Fox Searchlight), TRUST ME for director/actor Clark Gregg, and Jason Bateman’s comedy BAD WORDS. She is lending her voice to the Dreamworks’ animated film MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, and earlier appeared in THE ORANGES with Catherine Keener, LIBERAL ARTS with Josh Radnor and STRUCK BY LIGHTNING with Chris Colfer.
Previously she co-starred in the much anticipated feature film THE HELP based on the best-selling novel of the same name. For their extraordinary performances, the cast won Ensemble awards from the Screen Actors Guild, National Board of Review, and the Broadcast Film Critics. Additionally the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Janney has delighted audiences with outstanding performances in the Oscar-winning ensemble hit JUNO and in the movie version of the Tony Award winning play HAIRSPRAY. For her role in Todd Solondz's film "LIFE DURING WARTIME, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Spirit Awards. She also appeared in Sam Mendes’ AWAY WE GO, the comedy STRANGERS WITH CANDY, was heard as the voice of Gladys in Dreamworks’ animated film OVER THE HEDGE, as well as Peach in FINDING NEMO.
Janney received another Spirit Award nomination for her work in the independent feature OUR VERY OWN, and starred opposite Meryl Streep in THE HOURS, which received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture. Other feature credits include the Academy Award winning film AMERICAN BEAUTY (for which she won a SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture) as well as NURSE BETTY, HOW TO DEAL, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, PRIMARY COLORS, THE ICE STORM, SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS, THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, and BIG NIGHT.
Throughout her career Janney has made a handful of memorable guest-star appearances on television, but she is renowned for her starring role in the acclaimed NBC series THE WEST WING, where she won a remarkable four Emmy Awards and four SAG Awards for her portrayal of White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg.
While a freshman studying acting at Kenyon College in Ohio, Janney auditioned for Paul Newman and got the part. Soon after, Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward suggested she study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. She followed their advice and went on to make her Broadway debut in Noel Coward’s PRESENT LAUGHTER for which she earned the Outer Critics Circle Award and Clarence Derwent Award. She also appeared in Arthur Miller’s A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, receiving her first Tony Award nomination and winning the Outer Critics Circle Award. Janney was last seen on Broadway in the musical 9 TO 5, for which she earned a Tony nomination and won the Drama Desk Award.