Daytonian makes splash on magazine cover, calls mom ‘doyenne of Dayton, Ohio’

One of Dayton’s favorite daughters graces the latest cover of a magazine that makes it into 22 million homes.

Oakwood-raised movie and television star Allison Janney and Anna Faris, her co-star on CBS’s “Mom,” are on the cover of this Sunday’s “Parade” magazine.

Credit: Parade

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You’ll be able to find Parade this Sunday in the “Dayton Daily News” and thousands of other newspapers around the country.

“Mom” airs at 9 p.m. on Thursdays on WHIO-TV Channel 7.

Janney talks about feminism and her mom in the Parade story:

Janney's mom, Macy, was a former actress who decided to forego an acting career to raise her family—"back when that's what women did," she says. But Macy was "the doyenne of Dayton, Ohio," with a strong feminist stance who was on the boards of multiple entertainment, arts and educational programs. Today, Janney loves it when people tell her, "You sound just like your mom."

Janney, a former Miami Valley School student, recently won a Golden Globe for

for playing LaVona Harding, figure skater Tonya Harding's mother, in the dramatic dark comedy "I, Tonya."

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Faris and Janney play daughter and mother on the CBS show “Mom.”


Scaring boyfriends: Faris says her mom, Karen, was "crazy loyal," "ferocious," encouraged her imagination and always instilled in her the idea that "you will never be dependent on a man." She adds, "I think that scared some boyfriends—I mean, not that I had boyfriends."

Telling her story. One of Faris' side projects is her podcast, "Anna Faris Is Unqualified," which she started as "a weird hobby" with her producing partner, Sim Sarna, in 2015. "I worked hard to be independent," says Faris, who separated from actor Chris Pratt in August 2017 after eight years of marriage. "So the podcast has given me a lot of freedom. I'm not waiting for the next role to come around."

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Award buzz. Janney is soaking in awards buzz after winning a Golden Globe for her supporting role as the mother of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie) in the movie I, Tonya. A former figure skater herself, Janney says she well recalls the 1994 incident depicted in the film—in which Harding's rival Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and sidelined by a thug hired by Harding's ex-husband and her bodyguard. "I was floored that that sort of thing could happen in the world of figure skating—a very refined, elegant sport rocked by this crazy incident."

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