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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 14, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dolton, Illinois, USA Profession: actress, writer, comedian

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A scene-stealing character actress first known to fans of Christopher Guest films for her breakout role as dog trainer Christy Cummings in "Best in Show" (2000), Jane Lynch eventually went on to earn lead actor status in a variety of projects. Lynch's talent for playing confident and normal characters with a suggestion of something slightly twisted beneath the surface made her a perfect fit for mainstream comedies like "The 40-Year Old Virgin" (2005) and "Talladega Nights" (2006) - both of which established her persona. Her prolific film work and dizzying schedule as a TV guest star led to recurring roles on "Two and a Half Men" (NBC, 2005- ), "The L Word" (Showtime, 2005-09), and eventually starring status on "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ), the high school theater send-up that showcased Lynch's talent for putting her offbeat spin on typically buttoned-up characters. In fact, it was her turn as the high school gym teacher and arch-nemesis Sue Sylvester on "Glee" that catapulted the always funny Lynch into a household name. Meanwhile, Lynch became the unofficial spokesperson for LGBT rights when she married her longtime partner, Lara Embry, in 2010. Whether on television or the silver screen - or even as host...

A scene-stealing character actress first known to fans of Christopher Guest films for her breakout role as dog trainer Christy Cummings in "Best in Show" (2000), Jane Lynch eventually went on to earn lead actor status in a variety of projects. Lynch's talent for playing confident and normal characters with a suggestion of something slightly twisted beneath the surface made her a perfect fit for mainstream comedies like "The 40-Year Old Virgin" (2005) and "Talladega Nights" (2006) - both of which established her persona. Her prolific film work and dizzying schedule as a TV guest star led to recurring roles on "Two and a Half Men" (NBC, 2005- ), "The L Word" (Showtime, 2005-09), and eventually starring status on "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ), the high school theater send-up that showcased Lynch's talent for putting her offbeat spin on typically buttoned-up characters. In fact, it was her turn as the high school gym teacher and arch-nemesis Sue Sylvester on "Glee" that catapulted the always funny Lynch into a household name. Meanwhile, Lynch became the unofficial spokesperson for LGBT rights when she married her longtime partner, Lara Embry, in 2010. Whether on television or the silver screen - or even as host of the Emmy Awards - Lynch always elevated the material with her biting wit and unending comic talent.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 A.C.O.D. (2013)
2.
 Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
3.
4.
 Rio (2011)
5.
 Paul (2011)
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7.
 I Do & I Don't (2010)
9.
 Mr. Troop Mom (2009)
10.
 Julie & Julia (2009)
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Toured with The Second City comedy troupe
1988:
Made her film debut with a small role in the body-switching comedy "Vice Versa"
1989:
Wrote and starred in the award-winning play "Oh Sister, My Sister"; also kicked off the Lesbians in Theater program at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center in 2004
1991:
Played Carol Brady in "The Real Live Brady Bunch" at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre
1992:
Appeared in the Lifetime movie "In the Best Interest of the Children"
1993:
Cast in a small role opposite Harrison Ford in "The Fugitive"
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Guest-starred on several TV sitcoms such as, "Married... with Children" (Fox), "NewsRadio" (NBC) and "Frasier" (NBC)
2000:
Landed breakthrough film role as Christy Cummings, the butch personal dog handler to trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge) in Christopher Guest's "Best in Show"
2002:
Played a government agent in the action movie "Collateral Damage"
2002:
Starred as a sarcastic nurse on the ABC medical comedy "MDs"
2002:
Cast as a 1940s-style receptionist in the TNT movie "The Big Time"
2003:
Appeared in Guest's comedic take on folk music "A Mighty Wind" as porn actress turned singer Laurie Bohner
2004:
Had a recurring role as Dr. Linda Freeman on CBS' "Two and a Half Men"
2004:
Appeared in the teen comedy "Sleepover"
2005:
Played a lesbian lawyer on the Showtime series "The L Word"
2006:
Cast opposite Will Ferrell in the comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"
2006:
Played a coked-up producer of a reality TV show in the mockumentary "Surviving Eden"
2006:
Reunited with Guest to play a TV host in "For Your Consideration"
2008:
Co-starred with Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott in the comedy feature "Role Models"
2009:
Played Julia Child's (played by Meryl Streep) sister in Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia"
2009:
Cast as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Fox's high-school musical series "Glee"
2010:
Cast in a guest-starring role on Nickelodeon's "iCarly," as the mother of Sam (played by Jennette McCurdy), the title character's best friend
2011:
Named host of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
2011:
Released her memoir <i>Happy Accidents</i>
2012:
Appeared in the big screen remake of "The Three Stooges," directed by the Farrelly brothers
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Education

Cornell: Ithaca , New York -

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