Allison Brooks Janney, born November 19, 1959 in Dayton, Ohio, is an American actress who plays Crystal. She is best known for her role as C. J. Cregg on the television series "The West Wing." Janney's first roles on television were as comedic foils on soap operas. In the spring of 1994, she appeared in the season finale of "Law & Order," as a reluctant witness against a member of the Russian mob. She has appeared in a number of films with roles of various sizes, her most recent include "Nurse Betty," "The Hours," "The Chumscrubber," "How to Deal," "Winter Solstice" and a considerable role in the animated movie, "Finding Nemo," voicing Peach, the starfish. In 2006, Janney carried notable roles in the movies, "Margaret" and "Over the Hedge," an animated comedy.