She is one of the most revered actresses in Hollywood as she always commands attention on screen.
This tall star came to fame in the late 1980s with theater then she starred on a big TV show set in Washington, DC in the late 1990s and early 2000s
She has since worked with Margot Robbie, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Aniston and Kristen Wiig.
This Ohio native has won tons of awards – an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and seven Primetime Emmy Awards, in addition to nominations for two Tony Awards.
She never got married or had kids and has stayed out of scandal.
Do you recognize her?
She is one of the most revered actresses in Hollywood as she always commands attention on screen. In her new show she is hard to recognize. Who is she?
She is Allison Janney.
She looks very different in her new series, the new Apple TV+ series Palm Royale which kicks off March 20.
With her 1960s style costumes, glasses and makeup she looks more chic Florida society than Hollywood movie star.
She was raised in Dayton, Ohio, and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Janney’s breakthrough came with the role of C. J. Cregg in the NBC political drama series The West Wing (1999–2006) alongside Martin Sheen.
She was also in Masters of Sex.
And her last hit TV show was the sitcom Mom with Anna Faris (2013–2021).
Janney has also played character roles in Primary Colors (1998), American Beauty (1999), The Hours (2002), Juno (2007), Hairspray (2007), The Help (2011), Spy (2015), Bad Education (2019), and Bombshell (2019).
She won raves for her role as LaVona Golden opposite Margot Robbie in the film I, Tonya (2017).
Janney won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for that.
As far as theater, Janney made her professional stage debut with the Off-Broadway production Ladies (1989).
One of her standouts was A View from the Bridge (1997) and the musical 9 to 5 (2009).
She is Allison Janney; seen at the premiere of Prime Video’s The People We Hate at the Wedding in Westwood, California, in 2022
The West Wing with John Spencer, Moira Kelly, Rob Lowe, Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford, Janney, Richard Schiff
L to R: Anna Faris as Christy and Janney as Bonnie on Mom
She plays a wicked woman in Palm Royale for AppleTV+
Thanks to hair and makeup as well as sunglasses, she is hard to name
Janney looks every inch the rich diva in the new project
The caption for the trailer read: ‘You’re formally invited to step inside Palm Beach’s most exclusive club.
‘Starring Kristen Wiig, Ricky Martin, Josh Lucas, Leslie Bibb, Amber Chardae Robinson, and Kaia Gerber with Laura Dern and Allison Janney. Plus, special guest stars Carol Burnett & Bruce Dern: Palm Royale premieres March 20.’
Palm Royale is a true underdog story, says Apple TV+.
The show follows Maxine Simmons (Wiig) as she endeavors to break into Palm Beach high society.
As Maxine attempts to cross that impermeable line between the haves and the have-nots, Palm Royale asks the same question that still baffles us today: ‘How much of yourself are you willing to sacrifice to get what someone else has?’
Set during the powder keg year of 1969, ‘Palm Royale’ is a testament to every outsider fighting for their chance to truly belong.
Kaia Gerber was seen in little snippets here and there in the first trailer
The caption for the trailer read: ‘You’re formally invited to step inside Palm Beach’s most exclusive club. ‘Starring Kristen Wiig, Ricky Martin, Josh Lucas, Leslie Bibb, Amber Chardae Robinson, and Kaia Gerber with Laura Dern and Allison Janney. Plus, special guest stars Carol Burnett & Bruce Dern: Palm Royale premieres March 20’
Wiig wears several different high fashion outfits throughout the trailer
Leslie Bibb had on a sexy outfit as she followed into a home by a hunk
Wiig is seen climbing the wall over the club as she says: ‘I had only been in Palm Beach two weeks but I already knew the Palm Royale, the most exclusive club in the world, was where I belonged.’
But she then learns the club is full of mean women and she will have a tough time being included.
‘Evelyn, you are the woman to know in Palm Beach,’ Maxine tells Evelyn (Janney) and she responds, ‘I don’t like you, Maxine.’
After Maxine makes a fool of herself she still tries to keep it positive: ‘I see us all as one sisterhood,’ she says which makes the trolls chuckle.
Palm Royale is a true underdog story, says Apple TV+. The show follows Maxine Simmons (Wiig) as she endeavors to break into Palm Beach high society
Josh Lucas from Yellowstone also has a role on the show
Evelyn tells Maxine, ‘Let me tell you something about Palm Royale. It’s a nightmare and that’s all thanks to you.’
‘Palm Beach is just a shell game,’ Linda also says. ‘Everybody has a secret.’
Robert tells her, ‘You don’t have to have money. The blackmail is right here.’
Laura Dern of Palm Royale speaks at the Apple TV+ presentations at the TCA Winter Press Tour held at The Langham, Huntington on February 5, 2024 in Pasadena