Janney is honoured with Hollywood star
ACTRESS Allison Janney ( right) received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame recently in recognition of a glittering film and television career that has seen her scoop multiple awards.
Best known for her portrayal of White House press secretary C.J. Cregg in NBC drama The West Wing, the statuesque 56-year-old has appeared in some of the highest-grossing films of all time.
An emotional Janney fought back tears as she paid tribute to her family, as well as cast and crew members from The West Wing, many of whom had turned up to cheer her on as she accepted her star.
“We shared a truly extraordinary experience and it has connected us forever,” she said of her seven years on the show.
“I didn’t even know it was going to be a series. None of us thought it would go on – not because it wasn’t brilliant but because it was about politics, and who wants to watch a show about politics? Apparently, a lot of people!”
Janney was named best supporting actress twice and lead actress twice at the Emmys for her role in The West Wing.
In 2014, she became the third performer to win Emmys for different roles in the same year – supporting comedy actress in the CBS sitcom Mom, and outstanding guest actress in Showtime’s Masters of Sex.
She won her seventh Emmy award in 2015 to tie with Edward Asner and Mary Tyler Moore for second most Emmy awards won by a performer, behind Cloris Leachman on eight.
She recalled moving into an apartment block in Gower Street, Hollywood, in 1999 with other actors, writers, directors, choreographers and costume designers and forming the fictional Gower Academy of Dramatic Arts.
“When I won my first Emmy, I Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and the mystery thriller The Girl on the Train, both currently riding high at the US box office.
She also supplied the voice of the pink starfish Peach in the Pixar animated adventure Finding Dory, the year’s highest-grossing movie, and appeared in two of 2015’s biggest hits, the live-action caper Spy and animated comedy Minions.
Her other film credits include The Help, Juno, The Hours and American Beauty. – AFP-Relaxnews