Jane Marie Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She gained fame in Christopher Guest's improv mockumentary pictures such asBest in Show. Notable awards she has won for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester in Glee include the Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film, and the People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress.
Lynch's television cameos include an appearance in the Nickelodeon situation comedy iCarly and the Showtime dark comedy series Weeds. Lynch had a recurring role in the Warner Bros. situation comedy Two and a Half Men and also has had notable roles in numerous mainstream comedies, such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models, and The Three Stooges.
On September 4, 2013, Lynch received the 2,505th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of television located at 6640 Hollywood Blvd.
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Discography
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Lynch was born and raised in Dolton, Illinois, the daughter of a homemaker-secretary mother, Eileen (née Carney), and a banker father, Frank Lynch. Her father was of Irish descent and her mother was of Irish and Swedish ancestry. She was raised in a Catholic family and attended Thornridge High School. She received herbachelor's degree in theater from Illinois State University and her MFA in theater from Cornell University.
Lynch spent 15 years in Chicago, acting in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and, at the time of her audition, was one of only two women picked to join The Second City comedy troupe. She then continued to hone her comical and improvisational skills at Annoyance Theater, playing Carol Brady in the theater's The Real Live Brady Bunch. Andy Richter played Mike Brady in the New York shows. He and Lynch became very good friends.
During the 1990s, she made numerous television commercials, including one for Frosted Flakes for an adult audience, directed by Christopher Guest. A few years later, Guest would remember Lynch, as he cast actors for his dog show mockumentary, Best in Show (2000). Lynch played Christy Cummings, a butch lesbian personal dog handler to trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge). Since then, she has been a staple part of Guest's casts, appearing in the director's A Mighty Wind (2003) as porn actress-turned-folk singer Laurie Bohner and in For Your Consideration (2006) as an entertainment reporter.
Audiences and critics took notice of Lynch for her turn in Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin. She told Fresh Air's Terry Gross that the role was originally intended for a man but also that, at the urging of Steve Carell's wife Nancy Walls, was offered to Lynch instead. Beginning from there, she took supporting roles in a series of films including Role Models, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Space Chimps, The Rocker, The Hammer, Another Cinderella Story, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Wreck-It Ralph, and Spring Breakdown.
In Adventures of Power, a critically acclaimed comedy about air-drumming released in 2008, Lynch reunited with Michael McKean, her former co-star from For Your Consideration, in the role of Aunt Joanie and starring alongside Ari Gold, Adrian Grenier, Chiu Chi Ling, and Shoshannah Stern. In a role similar to that of her contributions as Sue Sylvester on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee, Lynch's role as the encouraging Aunt Joanie to Power, a young musician who plays the air drums because he never had access to musical instruments, promotes the initiative to support music education.
In Julie and Julia, she impersonated Dorothy McWilliams, Julia Child's sister. Entertainment Weekly dedicated an article on their website toward the possibility of her performance receiving an Academy Awardnomination., but she was not nominated.
Lynch has appeared in many television shows, including L.A. Law, Judging Amy, The West Wing, 7th Heaven, Desperate Housewives, Friends, Dawson's Creek, Felicity, Arrested Development, Lovespring International, Two and a Half Men, Weeds, Boston Legal, The L Word, Criminal Minds, Help Me Help You, Gilmore Girls, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Psych, and Monk. She also starred with John Hannahand William Fichtner in 2002's MDs, and has appeared in the crime drama Criminal Minds as Spencer Reid's schizophrenic mother.
Beginning in 2009, Lynch appeared as a regular cast member of the Fox series Glee. The role echoed previous guest appearances in The X-Files and Veronica Mars, being her third time cast as a harsh high school teacher. She won glowing reviews for her role as the aggressive cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester. Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Lynch alone makes Glee worth watching." Before her work with Glee, she was a series regular on the Starz comedy Party Down. Though the series was renewed for a second season, Lynch would not be returning, due to her work on Glee.
In addition to her most recent work on Glee, Lynch continued to pursue other projects. Lynch hosted Saturday Night Live on October 9, 2010; the news of her hosting was accidentally broken to her by her Glee boss,Ryan Murphy, by text message. Lynch had also guest-starred on the Nickelodeon comedy iCarly as Pam Puckett, Sam Puckett's mother, in the episode "iSam's Mom."
Beginning on July 11, 2013, Lynch hosted the NBC game show Hollywood Game Night. The show had two teams made up of members of the public (civilians) and celebrities competing in various party games, with a chance for the civilians to take home up to $25,000.
Lynch wrote and starred in the award-winning play Oh Sister, My Sister. Originally produced in 1998, the play kicked off the Lesbians in Theater program at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center in 2004.
She starred in Comcast's XFinity ads, mainly with two different laptops and two different colored Persian cats. She also stars in LG Corp.'s Text Ed campaign to educate drivers about the dangers of texting while driving.
Lynch's first experience hosting an awards show was in 2010 when she hosted the 2010 VH1 DoSomething Awards. It was announced that she will be hosting the 2011 VH1 DoSomething Awards, airing on VH1 on August 18. Lynch hosted the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on September 18, 2011, only the third woman in Emmy history to host the awards show solo. According to September 19's Hollywood Reporter Lynch hosting the Emmys did not help ratings, as viewing was down 8% year over year and eight million fewer people watched the Emmys as watched Michael Vick's return to Atlanta on Sunday Night Football on NBC (21.5 million for Eagles-Falcons, 13.5 million for the Emmys).(l-r) Governor appointee Don Norte, Dr. Lara Embry, Jane Lynch, and Norte's husband, gay activist Kevin Norte, at Autum P-FLAG 2010's Charitable Event at The London Hotel, West Hollywood, California.
Happy Accidents was released Fall 2011 by Hyperion Voice. Lynch was inspired to write the book after reflecting upon the successes of her past year and wishing she could have told her more anxious, younger self to not worry as much. The memoir also includes detail about her years as an alcoholic and her success in battling this addiction.Lynch is openly lesbian, and married Lara Embry in 2010. A self-proclaimed animal lover, Lynch has two dogs and a cat. She has recorded a PSA for PETA encouraging the adoption of shelter animals, and she sponsors an annual adoption event at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. She was the commencement speaker for Smith College'sclass of 2012 where she received an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts.
In March 2012, Lynch was featured with Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Colfer and Brad Pitt in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, '8' — a staged re-enactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage — as Maggie Gallagher. The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Lynch is openly lesbian; in 2005, she was named one of Power Up's "10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz". Lynch married clinical psychologist Lara Embry on May 31, 2010 inSunderland, Massachusetts. They had first met a year earlier at a fundraiser in San Francisco. In June 2013, Lynch announced that she and Embry were divorcing after three years of marriage. The divorce was finalized in January 2014.
Lynch is deaf in one ear due to nerve damage. She has said that it was most likely caused by having a high fever as an infant.
As mentioned above, Lynch self-identifies as a recovering alcoholic.
|1988||Vice Versa||Ms. Linstrom|
|1992||In the Best Interest of the Children||Gwen Hatcher||Television film, as Jany Lynch|
|1992||Straight Talk||Gladys||Voice role only. Not seen onscreen.|
|1993||The Fugitive||Dr. Kathy Wahlund|
|1993||Fatal Instinct||Prison Reporter|
|2000||What Planet Are You From?||Doreen|
|2000||Red Lipstick||Final TV Newscaster|
|2000||Color Me Gay||Executive / Do-Rag Lesbian||Finalist at the 2nd PlanetOut.com Short Movie Awards|
|2000||Best in Show||Christy Cummings|
|2001||Nice Guys Finish Last||Mom||Comedy short|
|2001||Martini||Dr. Jane||Short film|
|2002||Hiding in Walls||Diane Moffet||Comedy short|
|2002||Collateral Damage||Agent Russo|
|2002||The Big Time||Miss Rush||Television film|
|2003||A Mighty Wind||Laurie Bohner||Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast|
|2004||Little Black Boot||Grace||Comedy short|
|2004||Surviving Eden||Maude Silver|
|2004||Memoirs of an Evil Stepmother||Blanche Monroe||Comedy short|
|2004||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Realtor||Uncredited role|
|2004||The Aviator||Amelia Earhart||Scenes deleted from final cut|
|2005||Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party||Joan Hobbie / Minnie||Voice role|
|2005||Promtroversy||Mimi Nimby (Concerned Parent)||Comedy short|
|2005||The 40-Year-Old Virgin||Paula|
|2005||Bam Bam and Celeste||Darlene|
|2005||The Californians||Sybill Platt|
|2006||The List||Dr. Davina|
|2006||Separated at Worth||Jennifer||Television film|
|2006||Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby||Lucy Bobby|
|2006||For Your Consideration||Cindy||Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast|
|2006||The Frank Anderson||Dr. Emily Brice||Comedy short|
|2006||Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes||Joan Hobbie / Minnie||Voice role|
|2006||Eye of the Dolphin||Glinton||Lovespring International|
|2007||I Do & I Don't||Nora Stelmack||Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Jury Award for Best Actress Comedy|
|2007||Smiley Face||Casting Director|
|2007||Suffering Man's Charity||Ingrid|
|2007||Love Is Love||Reverend Greeley||Comedy short|
|2007||Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever||Joan Hobbie / Minnie||Voice role|
|2007||Alvin and the Chipmunks||Gail|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||News Interviewer||Uncredited role|
|2008||The Toe Tactic||Honey Strumpet|
|2008||The Hammer||Woman in hardware store|
|2008||Adventures of Power||Joni|
|2008||Tru Loved||Ms. Maple|
|2008||Space Chimps||Dr. Poole||Voice role|
|2008||Another Cinderella Story||Dominique Blatt||Direct-to-DVD|
|2008||Role Models||Gayle Sweeny|
|2009||Spring Breakdown||Senator Kay Bee Hartmann|
|2009||Mr. Troop Mom||Ms. Hulka||Nickelodeon film|
|2009||Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust||Voice role|
|2009||Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Diatryma Mom||Voice role|
|2009||Julie & Julia||Dorothy McWilliams|
|2009||Post Grad||Carmella Malby|
|2010||Shrek Forever After||Gretched||Voice role|
|2010||Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back||Dr. Poole||Voice role|
|2012||The Three Stooges||Mother Superior|
|2012||Wreck-It Ralph||Sergeant Calhoun||Voice role|
|2012||Dino Time||Sue||Voice role|
|2012||Abominable Christmas||Margaret Knowhow||Voice role|
|2013||Escape from Planet Earth||Io||Voice role|
|1993||Bakersfield P.D.||Michelle Hathaway||Episode: "Bakersfield Madam"|
|1993||Empty Nest||Tammy||Episode: "The Girl Who Cried Baby"|
|1994||Married... with Children||Greta||Episode: "Valentine's Day Massacre"|
|1994||Party of Five||Dr. Pennant||Episode: "Much Ado"|
|1994||The John Larroquette Show||Evaluator||Episode: "The Tutor"|
|1995||In The House||Ruth||Episode: "Female Trouble"|
|1995||NewsRadio||Carol||Episode: "The Cane"|
|1996||Cybill||Mrs. Sweeney||Episode: "Educating Zoey"|
|1996||3rd Rock from the Sun||Mrs. Koppel||Episode: "Dick, Smoker"|
|1996, 1998||Caroline in the City||Hostess||2 Episodes: "Caroline and the Bad Date" and "Caroline and the First Date"|
|1996||Frasier||Cynthia||Episode: "A Lilith Thanksgiving"|
|1999||Dharma & Greg||Sheryl||Episode: "Play Lady Play"|
|1999–2000||Judging Amy||ASA Perkins||3 Episodes: "Pilot", "Drawing the Line" & "Waterworld"|
|2000||JAG||Episode: "The Witches of Gulfport"|
|2000||Gilmore Girls||Nurse||Episode: "Forgiveness and Stuff"|
|2000–2001||The West Wing||Reporter||2 Episodes: "In The Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 1" & "Two Cathedrals"|
|2001||Dawson's Creek||Mrs. Witter||Episode: "The Te of Pacey"|
|2001||Cursed||Carla||Episode: "...And Then Jack Had Two Dates"|
|2001||Popular||Susie Klein||Episode: "I Know What You Did Last Spring Break"|
|2001||The Division||Episode: "The First Hit's Free, Baby"|
|2001||Arli$$||Episode: "Giving Something Back"|
|2001||Boston Public||Jane Morrell||Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Four"|
|2001||Family Law||Cheryl Bowman||Episode: "No Options"|
|2001||The X-Files||Mrs. Anne T. Lokensgard||Episode: "Lord of the Flies"|
|2001||The King of Queens||Dr. Foreman||Episode: "Ovary Action"|
|2001–2002||Family Guy||Dotty Campbell, the nudist||Voice role, 4 Episodes|
|2001–2002||7th Heaven||Nurse||4 Episodes|
|2002||Titus||Prosecutor||Episode: "The Trial"|
|2002||Felicity||Professor Carnes||2 Episodes: "Ben Don't Leave" & "The Paper Chase"|
|2002||MDs||Aileen Poole, RN, PhD||Series regular|
|2003||Watching Ellie||Roman||Episode: "TV"|
|2003||The Dead Zone||Flo McMurtry||Episode: "The Storm"|
|2003||Spider-Man: The New Animated Series||Oscorp Executive||Voice role, Episode: "Heroes and Villains"|
|2003||According to Jim||Janice||Episode: "The Lemonade Stand"|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Susanna Howe||Episode: "You Da Bomb"|
|2004||Monk||Dr. Julie Waterford||Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Married"|
|2004||Las Vegas||Helen Putasca||Episode: "You Can't Take It With You"|
|2004||Arrested Development||Cindi Lightballoon||3 Episodes: "Altar Egos", "Shock and Aww" & "Justice is Blind"|
|2004||Friends||Ellen the realtor||Episode: "The One Where Estelle Dies"|
|2004||Veronica Mars||Mrs. Donaldson||Episode: "Return of the Kane"|
|2005||Unscripted||Jane||2 Episodes: "Episode #1.6" & "Episode #1.7"|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Ranger||Episode: "Unbearable"|
|2005||Blind Justice||Dr. Taylor||2 Episodes: "Four Feet Under" & "Rub a Tub Tub"|
|2005||The Life and Times of Juniper Lee||Madame Rothchild||Voice role, Episode: "Magic Takes a Holiday"|
|2005||Weeds||The Candyman||Episode: "Fashion of the Christ"|
|2005||Illeanarama||Illeana Douglas project|
|2005–2006||Rodney||Amy O'Brien||2 Episodes: "Rodney Moonlights" & "Rodney Gets a Leg Up"|
|2006||Desperate Housewives||Maxine Bennett||Episode: "Silly People"|
|2006||Night Stalker||Scientist||Episode: "Into Night", uncredited|
|2006||Lovespring International||Victoria Ratchford||Series regular|
|2006||Help Me Help You||Raquel Janes||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2006–2008||Criminal Minds||Diana Reid||5 Episodes: "The Fisher King: Part 1", "The Fisher King: Part 2", "Revelations", "The Instincts" & "Memoriam"|
|2006–2008||Boston Legal||Joanna Monroe||4 Episodes: "Can't We All Get A Lung?", "Dances with Wolves", "The Good Lawyer" & "The Verdict"|
|2007||Untitled Christine Taylor Project|
|2007||Campus Ladies||Professor||Episode: "Psych 101"|
|2007||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Ms. Hammond||2 Episodes: "The Real Thing" & "Friends"|
|2007||American Dad!||Various||Voice role, 2 Episodes: "Surro-Gate" & "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever"|
|2004–2014||Two and a Half Men||Dr. Linda Freeman||Recurring minor role; 14 episodes
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2010)
|2006-2012||Handy Manny||Jackie Greenway||Recurring role/voice role|
|2005–2009||The L Word||Joyce Wischnia||Recurring role; 15 episodes (Seasons 2–6)|
|2008||My Name Is Earl||Sissy||Episode: "I Won't Die With a Little Help From My Friends"|
|2008||Psych||Barbara Dunlap||Episode: "There Might Be Blood"|
|2009||The Spectacular Spider-Man||Joan Jameson||Voice role, Episode: "Gangland"|
|2009||Party Down||Constance Carmell||Series regular|
|2009||Reno 911||Counselor||Episode: "Wiegel's Couple's Therapy"|
|2009–present||Glee||Sue Sylvester||Series regular
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series(2010) Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film(2010) People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress (2011) Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film(2010) Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series(2010) TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy(2010) Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series(2011) Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film(2009) Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series(2011, 2013) Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film(2011) Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series(2010–2011) Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series(2011) Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress (2012)
|2010–2011||The Cleveland Show||Ms. Eck/Sue Sylvester||Episode: "Love Rollercoaster"/"How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?"|
|2010||Neighbors from Hell||Alex||Episode: "Screw the EPA"|
|2010||iCarly||Pam Puckett||Season Four, Episode 2 (Episode 72) "iSam's Mom"|
|2010||"Good Luck Charlie"||Miss Covington||Episode " Double Whammy"|
|2010||VH1 Do Something Awards||Host||TV Special|
|2010||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Jane Lynch/Bruno Mars"|
|2010–2011||The Super Hero Squad Show||Nebula||Episodes: "When Strikes the Surfer!" and "Double Negation at the World's End!"|
|2011||Phineas and Ferb||Mrs. Johnson||Episodes: "Run, Candace, Run", "Canderemy" and "Bad Hair Day"|
|2011||Web Therapy||Claire Dudek||Episode: "Public Relations"|
|2011||The Simpsons||Roz Davis||1 Episode: "Replaceable You"|
|2011||63rd Primetime Emmy Awards||Host||TV Special|
|2012||WordGirl||Miss Power||1 Episode: "The Rise of Miss Power"|
|2012||The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Ellen DeGeneres' Wax Figure|
|2012||Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne||Roastmaster||TV Special|
|2013||The Annoying Orange||Cob||1 Episode: Popstar|
|2013||The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Herself|
|2013||MasterChef||Herself||1 Episode: Season 4, Episode 10|
|2013||New Year's Eve with Carson Daly||Co-Host||TV Special|
|2013–present||Hollywood Game Night||Host||18 episodes|
|2013||Annie||Miss Hannigan||Broadway debut; limited engagement, replacing Katie Finneran.|