NEW YORK (AP) -- Allison Janney recently found comfort in the fact that she shares something special with the late Sir Laurence Olivier. Yes, acting, of course. But also this: panic attacks.
The Emmy-winning actress from "The West Wing" and "Mom" confesses she has been Googling her nervous symptoms and whom she shares them with as she makes her Broadway return.
"I'm not going to lie. There's a considerable amount of nerves, panic attacks," she says. "It kind of gets more acute as you get older, for some reason. I don't know why. It should get easier as we get older. I'm going to have to find a mantra."
When it comes to Janney, even her bout of nerves is refreshing. The actress -- who has two Tony Award nominations -- has built a huge following for her smart, heartfelt performances in everything from "The Way Way Back" to "Masters of Sex."
"I think part of the reason I love acting is I never feel more connected than I do when I'm onstage or working with another actor," she says. "I feel like I have a purpose and a reason. It makes me feel connected in a way that sometimes eludes me in my day in and day out life.
The self-confessed workaholic says she's having one of the busiest years of her life, juggling a movie -- "I, Tonya," in which she plays skating star Tonya Harding's mother -- as well as the TV series "Mom" -- and now onstage in a revival of the 1990 play "Six Degrees of Separation."
The play's plot, based on a real-life incident, centers on a young black man claiming to be the son of actor Sidney Poitier who bamboozles his way through households of rich, supposedly sophisticated New Yorkers. Janney plays a woman whose comfortable life is jolted awake by the encounter.
"I think the issues that are in 'Six Degrees of Separation' are issues we're still dealing with as a country -- race and class and wanting to be loved. Everything in it resonates, sometimes I think more now than even then," she says. "It's such a beautiful, beautiful play and it breaks my heart every single night."
Doc delves into life of music pioneer Clive Davis
NEW YORK (AP) -- Clive Davis celebrated his legacy with the debut of a documentary about his life, along with performances from artists he helped become icons, during the opening night of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
Davis, 85, said it was a dream come true to launch "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" at Radio City Music Hall because he grew up in Brooklyn and didn't visit Manhattan until he was 13.
The music mogul was all smiles at the event Wednesday night, as performers like Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Barry Manilow and Earth, Wind & Fire took the stage to pay tribute to Davis.
"All of them fresh from not performing at the inauguration," Robert De Niro, who co-founded the festival, said before the film began, earning laughs and handclaps from the audience.
Jennifer Hudson left the stage to walk into the aisles to dance with the crowd as she sang Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."
"Where is Clive at?" she yelled. Davis earned a loud cheer from the audience when he started dancing.
When Franklin -- who closed the show -- sang "Natural Woman," she pointed to Davis and sang the lyrics, "He makes me feel." She also called her longtime collaborator a "chieftain" and "humanitarian."
Paltrow announces 'In goop Health' wellness event
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gwyneth Paltrow is hosting her lifestyle brand's first health event.
The actress and Goop.com founder announced Thursday that the inaugural "In goop Health" wellness summit on June 10 will feature appearances by Cameron Diaz, Nicole Richie and Lena Dunham.
The daylong event in Los Angeles will include panel discussions, fitness and meditation sessions, organic beauty offerings and a pop-up shop. Tickets range from $500 to $1,500.