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Janel Moloney

Birth Date: October 3, 1969 / Age: 48
Birth Place: Woodland Hills, California, USA

Biography: Janel Moloney (born October 3, 1969) is an American actress, best known for her role as Donna Moss on The West Wing.

Born 1969, in Woodland Hills, California, Moloney is the niece of Christine Ebersol, and attended an actors' training program at SUNY Purchase. Her early work included television guest roles on ER, Sports Night and Murder, She Wrote.

In 1999, Moloney became a recurring guest star on The West Wing as Donnatella Moss, assistant to Deputy White House Chief of Staff Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford). Intended only to be a guest star, like the many other recurring assistants on the show, the cast and creator Aaron Sorkin - and the fans - quickly noticed the chemistry between Donna and the rest of the cast, particularly Josh. Beginning with the second season premiere, Moloney was listed in the main credits. Her unfulfilled relationship with Josh became a favorite of shippers, as both of the characters went through other relationships - she with lawyer Cliff Calley (Mark Feuerstein), he with women's rights activist Amy Gardner (Mary-Louise Parker). After Sorkin left the series following its fourth season, a more character-based approach was implemented by new head John Wells, and the Josh-Donna relationship was again suggested after she was injured in a bombing in Gaza.

As of the current season, the sixth, Donna and Josh have both left the White House - where President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is in his last year as President - to work for different presidential candidates: Vice President Bob Russell (Gary Cole), and Congressman Matthew Santos (Jimmy Smits) respectively.

The show has been picked up for a seventh season (2005 - 2006) which will see the outcome of this election, and the end of the Bartlet administration. It is unknown whether Moloney will stay with the show after this.

Moloney has also appeared in the TV film Bang, Bang, You're Dead with Thomas Cavanagh and Randy Harrison, and will be playing Amber Frey in an upcoming film about her life.

She currently lives across the street from The West Wing co-star Allison Janney.

During the 2004 U.S. Presidential campaign, Moloney was an active supporter of John Kerry and made public appearances on behalf of his campaign.

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Starring/Leading Roles

The West Wing (1999) ... Donna Moss

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