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Allison Janney (Lily) has showcased her versatility in a wide range of roles in film, television, and theater. She previously worked with Away We Go director Sam Mendes on the multi-Academy Award-winning American Beauty, and shared a Screen Actors Guild Award with her fellow actors from that film for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Her other films include Brian Robbins’ upcoming A Thousand Words; Jason Reitman’s Juno; Adam Shankman’s Hairspray; Cameron Watson’s Our Very Own, for which she was an Independent Spirit Award nominee; Stephen Daldry’s The Hours; Neil LaBute’s Nurse Betty; Gil Junger’s 10 Things I Hate About You;Woody Allen’s Celebrity; Mike Nichols’ Primary Colors; Nicholas Hytner’s The Object of My Affection; Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott’s Big Night; and two animated features, Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick’s Over the Hedge and Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich’s Academy Award-winning Finding Nemo.
Ms. Janney is currently starring on Broadway in the musical 9 to 5, after having starred in the show’s world premiere run at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Joe Mantello is directing the show, which has music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick, both of whom worked on the 1980 film, from which the musical is adapted.
While a freshman studying acting at Kenyon College in her native Ohio, Ms. Janney auditioned for Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. They recommended that she study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, which she proceeded to do. Since then, her stage work has included the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, for which she earned a Tony Award nomination as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards; the Broadway revival of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was a Drama Desk Award nominee; the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew; and the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Lillian Hellman’s The Autumn Garden.
Ms. Janney starred for seven years as C.J. Cregg on the celebrated NBC series The West Wing, in the process winning four Emmy Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.