Allison Janney’s Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Getty Actress Allison Janney, winner of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Mom', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Academy Award winner Allison Janney, who is 58 years of age, is not married and doesn’t have children, and she has said she likely will never have a husband. She was raised by an actress mother and jazz musician father in Ohio.

Janney’s family was marked by some tragedy. Janney won the Oscar on March 4 for her campy portrayal of Tonya Harding’s mother, LaVona Golden, in the movie, I, Tonya. She thanked her family during her acceptance speech. That has a lot of people wondering about Janney’s family, including her parents, brother, and siblings and recent boyfriend.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Janney’s Brother Committed Suicide, Which Shook Her World

Allison Janney’s family has experienced tragedy. She has spoken openly about it, and she dedicated her Oscar to her late brother Henry “Hal” Janney, saying: ‘This is for Hal. You’re always in my heart.’

She told Esquire Magazine that her brother took his own life, saying, “It’s shaken my world the way my world was never shaken before. He was an addict. Anyone who has to deal with an addict learns that it’s devastating to want something more for someone than they want for themselves.”

She drew on the experience in the show Mom, in which she played a recently sober single mother. “I thought it was time to show a family struggling with this, because it seems like these days everybody is struggling with recovering from something,” she told NPR. “I wanted to be part of that. I wanted to show what that’s like.”

She told NPR of her brother’s struggles, “The loss of my brother was a huge moment, a life-changer for me. I spent a long time trying to help him get sober. I sent him to countless rehabs — I tried to be there to help him.”

Janney was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but she and her three siblings were raised in Dayton, Ohio. “She spent her childhood with three siblings in Dayton, Ohio, where she attended The Miami Valley School. Later, she went to the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, after which she enrolled at Kenyon College, where one of her teachers was renowned actor Paul Newman,” according to Celebrity Net Worth (which puts her net worth at around $4 million).


2. Her Mother, an Actress, Was a Stickler for Manners

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According to Esquire Magazine, Janney’s mother stressed manners. “…manners are very important. She’d say, ‘The ship goes out to sea.’ Meaning: The spoon moves out to the soup. Then it picks up its cargo and comes back to port,” Janney recalled.

Allison Janney was born November 19, 1959, according to IMDB. Her mother was Macy Brooks (Putnam), a former actress, IMDB reports. In case you’re wondering, Allison Janney stands 6 feet tall.

Janney once told NPR that her “mother and father got married in their early 20s, and she doesn’t believe her mother had sex with anyone else.”


3. Her Father Played Piano But Wasn’t Very Talkative

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Janney often plays talkative characters, but her father was anything but. “…my father learned to play the piano so he wouldn’t have to talk to anybody. I wish I could play the way he did so I could go to parties and be present but not have to be called upon for small talk,” she told Esquire.

IMDB reports that Janney’s father is Jervis Spencer Janney, Jr., “a real estate developer and jazz musician.” Janney’s parents were married in 1957 in Long Island.

According to ethniccelebs.com, “Allison’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Thomas Worthington Janney, who was born, c. 1633, in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England.”


4. Janney Says She Will Probably Never Get Married & Says People Often Think She Is a Lesbian

Janney has said that people think she’s gay because she’s tall and not married.  However, she has said she is not a lesbian.

“If people think I’m gay, I’m fine with it. I’ll probably never get married, and I don’t think I really want to be. I’ve never had a lesbian experience, but I’m beginning to wish I were gay. I think I’d be a lot happier!” she told The Advocate.

She also told The Advocate that she wouldn’t mind marrying a gay man. “I have gay friends that I would marry in a heartbeat and be perfectly happy. That might be my next step,” she said of whether a gay man could become her husband. Janney played a lesbian in the movie, The Hours, kissing Meryl Streep.


5. Allison Janney Was Dating a Production Coordinator Named Philip Joncas

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Actress Allison Janney (R) and Philip Joncas attend “A Celebration of Journalism” Party – 2016 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on April 29, 2016 in Washington, DC.

In 2015, Janney got tongues wagging when she showed up with a much younger mystery man at the 2015 Emmy Awards. According to EOnline, he was identified as a “35-year-old production coordinator by the name of Philip Joncas who actually worked with Janney a few years ago.”

The two were also photographed at a movie premiere that same year. Janney, then 55, referred to the much younger Joncas as her boyfriend, telling US Weekly, “I’ve been doing the Pilates, and I have three dogs that I hike with and a boyfriend who loves to work out so that helps.”

They’ve been captured in embraces on the red carpet in the past.

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GOD bless Allison Janney .
Love and HONOUR old people.
Because God is with old people.
What does the Bible say?
1. Ruth 4:15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For yourdaughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”
2. Isaiah 46:4 And I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you. I made you, and I will carry you to safety.
3. Psalm 71:9 And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside.Don’t forsake me now when my strength is failing.
Old people carry so much wisdom and they give great advice.
4. Job 12:12 Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.
5. 1 Kings 12:6 There were some older men who had helped Solomon make decisions when he was alive. So King Rehoboam asked these men what he should do. He said, “How do you think I should answer the people?”
6. Job 32:7 I thought, ‘Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.’
The godly continue to bear fruit and praise the Lord.
7. Psalm 92:12-14 But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the LORD’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The LORD is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”
Crown of glory.
8. Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is obtained by following a righteous path.
9. Proverbs 20:29 The glory of the young is their strength;the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.
Even at an old age we must do God’s work. The advancement of God’s kingdom never stops.
10. Psalm 71:18-19 Now that I am old and my hair is gray, don’t leave me, God. I must tell the next generation about your power and greatness. God, your goodness reaches far above the skies. You have done wonderful things. God, there is no one like you.
11. Exodus 7:6-9 So Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded them. Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron was eighty-three when they made their demands to Pharaoh. Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Pharaoh will demand, ‘Show me a miracle.’ When he does this, say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down in front of Pharaoh, and it will become a serpent.’”
God still answers the prayers of the elderly.
12. Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Respect your elders.
13. 1 Timothy 5:1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers.
14. Leviticus 19:32 “Rise in the presence of the aged and honor the elderly face-to-face. “Fear your God. I am the LORD.
15. Job 32:4 Because Elihu was the youngest one there,he had waited until everyone finished speaking.
God will work in all His children to conform them into the image of Christ until the end.
16. Philippians 1:6 For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
17. 1 Corinthians 1:8-9 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Advice
18. Ecclesiastes 7:10 Never ask “Why does the past seem so much better than now?” because this question does not come from wisdom.
Reminders
19. Isaiah 40:31 but those who keep waiting for the LORD will renew their strength. Then they’ll soar on wings like eagles; they’ll run and not grow weary; they’ll walk and not grow tired.”
20. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 That is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day. Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine.
21. Proverbs 17:6Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.
Examples
22. Genesis 24:1 Abraham was now a very old man, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.
23. Genesis 25:7-8 Abraham lived for 175 years, and he died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and satisfying life. He breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death.
24. Deuteronomy 34:7 Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever.
25. Philemon 1:9 I prefer to make my appeal on the basis of love. I, Paul, as an old man and now a prisoner of the Messiah Jesus..

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