Jan­ney is hon­oured with Hol­ly­wood star

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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

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