Janice receives her treatment in the hospital.

Janice Emmons is a very minor female character making her only appearance in a Peanuts TV special. She is a nice, sweet girl and good friends with Charlie Brown and Sally, but seems to have the closest friendship with Linus. She was voiced by Olivia Burnette

Personality and biography

Janice never appeared in the comic strip. She was introduced in the TV special, Why, Charlie Brown, Why? In that special, Janice is a new student at Charlie Brown and Linus' school, and has also befriended them. She likes to play on the school swings. However, after she becomes ill at school one day, she's diagnosed with leukemia, and has to go to the hospital. She loses her hair as a result of the treatment she receives, and has to challenge the teasing of a schoolyard bully (who is told off by Linus), as well as the resentment of her sisters due to the attention she receives. At the end of the special, she has apparently recovered, and her hair grows back. She has a notably optimistic and brave attitude toward her illness, hoping to eventually recover and return to her normal life, as she says when she's at the hospital: But I'm going to get well, and go back to school and swing on those swings!.


Janice sits with Linus, after she has lost her hair.

Janice has two unnamed sisters as well as an unnamed (and unseen) mother. Her sisters bear a resemblance to Frieda and Patty from the strip.

Janice has some similarities with the other minor Peanuts character Lila. The two girls look similar and both characters are hospitalized due to illness at one point, although in Janice's case her illness was clearly specified.

Physical appearance

Janice is a young blonde with long hair. In her hair is a bow-tie. She normally wears a dark-red dress. In the hospital, she has a blue dress with puffier sleeves. After her treatment, her hair and bow-tie disappear, and she has a pink baseball cap in this form. Her shoes are gray. Her hair slightly resembles Lila's, and her colour scheme is similar to that of Mimi from It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown.