For her recurring role as Margaret Scully, the sex-deprived spouse of a gay man on Showtime’s hit series Masters of Sex, actress Allison Janney added another Emmy Award to her already crowded shelf. Some of her best-known turns include White House press secretary C.J. Cregg on TV’s The West Wing, which won her four Emmys; as Meryl Streep’s lesbian lover in The Hours; as stepmother to Ellen Page in Juno; as Amanda Bynes’ religious kook mom in the musical film version of John Waters’ Hairspray; and, most recently, as star of CBS TV series Mom, which also scored her an Emmy.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and currently based in Studio City, CA, the six-foot-tall Janney is an ally and champion for the LGBT community, and has helped raise money for AIDS-related foundations. She inhabited Lily Tomlin’s role in the Broadway musical version of9 to 5, netting a Tony nomination in the process, while her prolific 60-plus film resume includes turns in The Help, Prop 8: The Musical, American Beauty, The Way Way Back, and, currently in theaters, Bridesemaids’ writer/director Paul Feig’s latest comedy, Spy, in which Janney appears alongside Jude Law, Rose Byrne, and Jason Statham as head of a CIA spy ring.