She also brought home four Emmy awards for her work on the show. Nominated almost every year - for Supporting Actress in 2000 and 2001, winning both, and Lead Actress in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006, winning in 2002 and 2004 - she brought home more Emmys than any other member of the cast, none of whom won more than once. She also won two Screen Actors' Guild awards (2001 and 2002) and was nominated for four Golden Globes for the role.
Since The West Wing's finale she has been very active in theatre, starring in the hit musical 9 to 5 on Broadway and earning a Tony nomination in the process. She has also been a semi-regular on the silver screen throughout her career. Her other television credits include Lost, The Guiding Light, Weeds, Law & Order, In Plain Sight, Phineas and Ferb , DuckTales (2017), and Frasier. Film credits include 10 Things I Hate About You, Juno, Hairspray, Finding Nemo, Primary Colors,note , Struck By Lightning, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and an Academy Award-winning turn in 2017's I, Tonya as figure skater Tonya Harding's infamously abusive mother.
As of 2018 she appears in Mom as Bonnie and Masters of Sex as Margaret Scully, and won Emmys for both roles in 2014, leaving her just one shy of Cloris Leachman and Julia Louis-Dreyfus's record of eight wins as a performer. On receiving the latter, she thanked the crew member who gave her some bourbon before a sex scene.
An honest six feet tall, she is indubitably a Statuesque Stunner.