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Jane Lynch

Actor

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Jane Lynch talks about her path to comedy, comedians she loves, and being a woman in the entertainment industry.

Jane's Biography

Three words to describe me:

Persistent, kind, and curious

First acting job:

A McDonald's commercial

Current work:

Lynch just finished a four-day solo cabaret in New York. Her children's book Marlene, Marlene Queen of Mean, will launch in September. 

 

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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