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'West Wing' star Allison Janney receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Allison Janney poses with her Star after it was unveiled during her Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony on October 17 in Hollywood, California. Photograph: (AFP)

California, United States Oct 18, 2016, 03.08 AM (IST)

Best known for her portrayal of White House press secretary CJ Cregg in NBC drama ‘The West Wing’, actress  Allison Janney received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday.

The 56-year-old has appeared in many top-grossing films and has scooped several awards.

An emotional Janney fought back tears while thanking her family as well as cast and crew members from ‘The West Wing’ many of whom had turned up to watch her accept her star.

"We shared a truly extraordinary experience and it has connected us forever," she said of her seven years on the show, AFP reported.

"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 has been awarded the  best supporting actress twice and lead actress twice for "The West Wing." 

In 2014, she became the third performer to win Emmys for different roles in the same year, as a supporting comedy actress in the CBS sitcom "Mom" and outstanding guest actress in Showtime's "Masters of Sex."

She won her seventh Emmy in 2015 and tied with Edward Asner and Mary Tyler Moore for second most by a performer, behind Cloris Leachman on eight. 

From Dayton, Ohio, Janney appears in Tim Burton's dark fantasy "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" and mystery thriller "The Girl on the Train," both currently grossing high at the North American box office. 

She also was the voice of the pink starfish Peach in the Pixar animated adventure "Finding Dory," the year’s largest-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."

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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