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Jane Lynch

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Jane Lynch talks about her path to comedy, comedians she loves, and being a woman in the entertainment industry.
Born and raised in Dolton, Illinois, Jane Lynch is a multi-talented, lifelong performer. The singer, actor and comedian received her BA in theater from Illinois State University and an MFA in theater from Cornell. She spent 15 years working in theatre before transitioning into commercial, television, and film work. Her breakout role came in 2000, when she played a dog handler in Christopher Guest’s mockumentary Best in Show. Many know her as Sue Sylvester, "Glee"’s aggressive cheerleading coach, for which she won an Emmy in 2010 and a Golden Globe in 2011. In 2011, Lynch also hosted the Emmy Awards and published her memoir, Happy Accidents.     

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