If you’re “The West Wing” or the “Mom” diehard, you’re probably familiar with one of the leading actresses called Allison Janney, playing C.J Cregg. However, this TV show isn’t the only one that’s made her earn a net worth of $14 million. The Emmy and Tony-winning actress has starred in various films and comedy shows. So, how did she become a millionaire?
Allison Janney’s early life
Allison Janney was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 19, 1959, but she grew up in Dayton, Ohio. According to The Richest Networth, Janney’s dad, Jervis Spencer Janney, Jr, was a property developer and jazz artist, while her mother is Macy Brooks Janney. She has two brothers, Hal and Jay. Hal once tried committing suicide after battling many years of drug addiction. She dedicated her Academy Award to winning him over, a move that made her fans love her more. She credits her success to her former Miami Valley School, Hotchkiss School in Miami, and Neighborhood New York in New York. Later on, she became a teacher at Kenyon College in Ohio before joining the Royal Academy of Theatre Arts in London for her summer classes. Some critics claim she had a relationship with Richard Jenik, an actor. In 1978, Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman introduced Janney to acting. Together, they directed her production “C.C. Pyle and the Bunion Derby” at Bolton Theater. In 1989, Allison went further in her career by playing an uncredited role in an Off-Broadway production of “Ladies.” She’s also played supporting and guest actress in “Prescribed Laughter in the Emergency Café” (1991) and “Breaking Up” (1993). Later in 1993, she starred in “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.” In 1996, Janney played Liz Essendine in Broadway’s “Present Laughter.” It was this film that helped her bag three awards:
- Outer Critics Circle Award
- Clarence Derwent Award
- Theater World Award
How Allison Janney earns her millions
According to some sources, Janney was worth $4 million in 2013. Others claim it could be way higher than that, considering the amount of money she gets per episode in the “Mom” show. In 2021, reports indicated that Janney’s net worth is $14,000. The “Mom” tv show pays her $125,000 per episode, but they increased it to $200,000. So, that means she makes $2 million every year from acting alone. Her acting prowess has earned her four Primetime Emmy Awards. Her performance in I, Tonya, a biographical black comedy film, has also helped her bag an Academy Award for “The Best Supporting Actress.” Janney made her debut appearance in stage productions thanks to the 1989 film, “Who Shot Patakkango”?
While it’s impossible to conclude how much Janney earns per year without asking her directly, it’s evident that she’s come a long way. She started working in a restaurant as a cleaner, which she says is the worst job she’s ever had. Her peak salary per episode on the “West Wing” was $70,000. In an interview with Forbes, Janney confessed that she’s grateful to have a lucrative job and make good money. She says that worrying about where the next meal is going to come from is a thing of the past. Her lavish lifestyle, including designer shoes and clothes, personal chef and chauffeur, more than one house, and several cars, is all due to her net earnings. Janney likes to spend time with her pets and family members when she’s not acting. She’s grateful that she is surrounded by trustworthy people who can offer professional advice regarding the investments she needs to make and how to spend her money. Besides acting, Janney is also a philanthropist and vocal advocator for same-sex marriages women’s and LGBTQ+ rights. She has participated in charities like;
- Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS
- The American Heart Association
In support of women’s rights, Janney was part of the Los Angeles Womén’s March in 2018. She also joined Michelle Obama’s “When We All Vote Initiative” in 2020 in the company of “The West Wing” co-stars. 1n 2016, she was part of the “Champions of Change” initiative at the White House, playing C.J. Cregg. She maintains that many people are addicted to opioids and other illicit substances, prompting her to voice it out. She uses her social media platforms to teach people about the adverse effects of drug addiction. In the spirit of awakening her fans about the drug abuse pandemic, she donated $250,000 to Planned Parenthood in 2017. In 2020, she donated $10,000 to Dayton Foodbank in a bid to help people facing economic crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic
Allison Janney’s personal life
Janney was in a five-year romantic relationship with Dennis Gagomiros, a computer programmer (1994-2001). Between 2012 and 2017, sources claim that they got engaged but didn’t make it to the altar. It’s also rumored that she had an affair with Richard Jenik in 2002. They later broke up in 2004. However, it’s still unclear if the Tony award winner is single or dating. With no child in her 60s, Janney cites that her reason for being a spinster is meeting men at the wrong time in her life. According to Glamour Fame, she doesn’t regret being unmarried despite playing various wifely roles in films and shows.
Considering how talented the Tony-award-winning actress is and the many years she’s been in the industry, it doesn’t take rocket science to conclude that Janney deserves her net worth of $14 million. She’s appeared in various films and tv shows, and she’s not about to stop. Every role she plays makes her lovable on the screen. When she’s not starring in films and series, Janney likes to give back to the community by donating money to the needy and less fortunate. It’s a timeless strategy that celebrities use to endear themselves to fans. That said, Allison Janney net worth will continue to increase unless she retires from acting, which won’t happen anytime soon.