Transcript The West Wing

This is truly a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful surprise, and I was just thinking about the fact that it's amazing that I'm standing her tonight because there were so many times back in the early '80s and early '90s when I was in New York trying to be an actress and not succeeding very well, and I quit so many times.

And I finally decided I was quitting for the final time -- this was it -- and I went in to take an aptitude test to find out what else I could possibly do in this world. [laughter] And they told me I would make an excellent systems analyst. [laughter] I still don't know what that is. [laughter] So I'm just to be able to be -- say I'm a working actress.

And I thank Aaron Sorkin for this beautifully part and Tommy Schlamme and -- I've always thought of acting as a team sport and I have one of the best teams to play with: Martin Sheen, Brad Whitford, Richard Schiff, Rob Lowe, Dule Hill, Janel Maloney, Melissa Fitzgerald -- am I forgetting anybody from my table? [laughter] John Spencer -- God bless -- I don't care -- who else did I forget? I thank you all so much.

And I thank David Less [sp] and Chris Hensey [sp] and my parents and my family. And I'm so truly proud to call myself -- to be able to finally say -- and I'm going to say it right here: I'm Alison Janney and I'm an actress. [applause: cheers] Thank you.