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Biography

This achingly funny character actress honed her comedic skills touring with the famed Second City troupe and playing the matriarch in the early '90s cult stage hit The Real Live Brady Bunch, which also helped launch Andy Richter. For the rest of the decade, Lynch racked up an impressive array of TV guest spots, mostly on sitcoms (Married... with Children, 3rd Rock from the Sun, NewsRadio) that showcased her dry delivery. But it was her riotous turn as a lesbian dog trainer in Christopher Guest's 2000 mockumentary Best in Show that launched her movie career. Not only did she go on to appear in small but memorable roles in a string of popular comedies (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), she enjoyed a creative collaboration with Guest, who used her to great effect in his subsequent films (a porn star turned folk singer in A Mighty Wind, a condescending entertainment reporter in For Your Consideration). However, Lynch landed her biggest role to date on the small screen, as the scheming cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Glee, where she got to show off her singing and dancing talents to great effect.

Fast Facts

  • Played Carol Brady on stage in 1991's The Real Live Brady Bunch, in which actual episodes of the popular series were reenacted.
  • Has appeared in many TV commercials, one of them directed by Christopher Guest, who later cast her in 2000's Best in Show.
  • Performed her own singing and played guitar in Guest's 2003 folk-music spoof A Mighty Wind.
  • Scripted and starred in the acclaimed play Oh Sister, My Sister at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center in 2004.
  • Was unable to return to the second season of Party Down because of her work on Glee.

Awards

  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Winner
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Narrator: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, People's Choice Awards — Favorite TV Comedy Actress: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Eileen Lynch — Mother
  • Julie — Sister
  • John Lynch — Brother
  • Bob Lynch — Brother
  • Frank Lynch — Father
  • Lara Embry — Ex-wife

College

  • Illinois State University, Chicago, Illinois, United States (BA in Theater, 1982); Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States (MFA in Theater, 1984)

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Details

  • Birth Name: Jane Marie Lynch
  • Birth Place: Dolton, Illinois, United States
  • Birthday: July 14, 1960, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Comedian
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