Well Played, Allison Janney


Dear Allison Janney: Why are you so awesome?

I just want to know because you are like one vibrant, multi-tiered Awesome Cake, and it feels like maybe you could spare a slice, and I LOVE cake. And awesomeness. And that dress. And you. If you can’t sacrifice a piece of Awesome Cake but you’re willing to let the dress go, I would accept that as a substitute. Thank you for ruling.

[Photo: Getty]

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Comments (41):

  1. Sandra

    Can I have the dress when you’re done with it? LOVE!

  2. Fawn

    Can we also talk about how great those accessories are? I LOVE that yellow clutch with this dress. And take note starlets, THAT is how you deploy a nude pump. You do it when any other choice would detract from a great dress, and (most importantly) you do it with a simple, elegant pump – NOT hooves. Plus, yay for bracelets!

    •  HelenBackAgain

      You have a good point there about the shoes. I like them better now!

    • Jessica

      I totally agree about the shoes. This is where a nude pump is best deployed: with an amazing, colorful dress that doesn’t need funky shoes.

    • kickassmomnyc

      A million times yes!

    • Tiffany

      I agree, and I think it helps that they are a very light and pleasant nude…not cadaver flesh or bruised peach.

      •  HelenBackAgain

        Yes, and they work with her complexion.

        I totally want to edit my earlier remark now and not fault her on the shoes.

  3.  HelenBackAgain

    GREAT dress! I do fault her a little on the shoes, but because it’s her, even those, I don’t really mind.

    I feel like I’d have the best time hanging out with her, if we ever met. She just seems such an amazing woman.

  4. Heather

    I also love seeing a tall woman in heels. Go Allison!

  5. Claire1

    When I was house manager at a theater we’d ( my ushers and I) see women come in and joke about how we wish we could put them into a glass box and study them and take notes on how they manged to look so amazing….
    Allison Janney is totally one of those women. She just has that knack for fabulous and effortless all in one.

  6. LoriK

    She looks great in that dress. I would look awful in it so I won’t join the queue to take it off her hands. However, if she wants to share Awesome Cake with me by having drinks or lunch or something that would be the best. I have long thought that you would be loads of fun to hang out with.

  7. Lori

    Dear God, Let me age this well.

  8. Leah

    A fact I also enjoy: my 30-year old husband finds her incredibly sexy.

  9. jenelope

    Allison Janney is the one person who was on my List 10 years ago and would still make the List today. She is absolutely stunning and I would switch teams for her without a second thought.

  10. na

    amazing that she manages to look both youthful and mature at the same time. My CJ cregg is timeless :)

  11. filmcricket

    I would have loved to see the shoes pull out the orange or green from that dress, but otherwise she looks freakin’ fantastic. She and Helen Mirren top my list of Dames I’d Like to Have a Pint With.

  12.  Mia

    Even the nude pumps are better than average.

  13. maryse

    she kicks ass here.

  14. Breda

    Someday I will actually make good on my promise to make a Tumblr that’s just reblogged photos of CJ Cregg, Dana Scully, and Leslie Knope. I’m mostly just waiting for a name. “Awesome Ladies Being Awesome at Their Awesome Jobs” is a little clunky.

    •  Lois Abigail

      “Awesome Ladies Being Awesome At Their Awesome Jobs” is a PERFECT title for that Tumblr. And I would follow the HELL out of it.

      • Sajorina

        Just throw a link to it here once you create it & I’ll follow it! And the name works!

  15. AnnieB

    Allison Janney is who I want to be when I grow up. Love everything about her. A great actress, a funny gal and someone who rocks her height. What’s not to love about her and her kicky dress?!!

  16. Dani

    Unashamedly in love with her and with everything about this outfit!

  17.  ErinB

    Thank you, AJ/CJ for the early birthday present. I was starting to freak out about entering my late 30s soon, but this is the best encouragement *ever* to prove you can get a bit older and look EVEN BETTER than you did ten years ago!! (You were still beautiful ten years ago, but WOW, you are rockin’ this now!!).

  18. Tcb545

    You know, I LOVE me some Allison Janney. Three words: Drop Dead Gorgeous. And yes: Pun intended.

  19. Katie

    I remember Allison Janney doing a home tour for some fashion mag, Vogue or InStyle, years ago, pretty sure it was while the West Wing was still on the air. And she just seemed like such a kick! Fueling my girl crush even more.

  20. Girl in Sydney

    Between Alison Janney and Christine Baranski I can’t decide who I love more.

    Give them all the gongs already.

    • Amalia

      I really hope the two of them are friends, and sit around talking about how awesome they are, but not in an obnoxious way. They deserve a bit of gloating!

  21. Sajorina

    FAB!!! Allison & her outfit!

  22. Sally

    Looking at this, I thought “I don’t remember her being 12 on West Wing.” The woman is 53. And 6 feet tall I want to go to there.

  23. Chasmosaur

    Allison Janney:

    Please, for the love of god, call Gwendoline Christie. She’s so close to being fabulous, but she doesn’t seem to quite understand how to dress her super-tall frame.

    Thanks ever so.

    • jean

      Gwedoline knows what she is doing with her super short dresses. She never flashes anyone and I never worry she’s gonna flash me. She seems in control of those legs. She’s relatively young I think (early thirties). I bet she looks like Allison at Allison’s age.

  24. Nancy

    I really like her, but I think his dress is for an 18 year old, not a 50 year old. I can’t believe I am the only one who thinks that!

    •  Emma

      Nancy, you need to go out and buy a pretty dress. Seriously.

    • Claire1

      When is the age we give up on being feminine and pretty?
      I’d really like to know… because it seems flawed logic.
      I’m 40 and still like feeling feminine and pretty…..
      I’m desperately hoping that at 50 I will.
      I dare say I want to be 70 and still wanting to be feminine and pretty.

  25.  Emma

    I literally went “PHWOOARRR!” And I am a straight female. She looks amazing.

  26. Aj

    Take notes SJP.

  27. Vics

    I was lucky enough to meet Allison Janney in NYC when she was on Broadway in 9-5 and I can confirm that she is awesome in real life! She is hilarious and always look amazing, even when she’s dressed in jeans and a tshirt :)