50 Facts About Jane Lynch


Jane Lynch is known for starring as Sue Sylvester in the musical comedy series Glee, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award.


Jane Lynch had a recurring role in the sitcom Two and a Half Men, for which she received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award, as well as recurring roles in the drama series The L Word, the police drama series Criminal Minds, the drama series The Good Fight, and the period comedy series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award.


From 2013 to 2020, Jane Lynch hosted the game show Hollywood Game Night, which earned her two Primetime Emmy Awards.


Jane Lynch has had roles in numerous mainstream comedy films, such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Role Models, Paul, and The Three Stooges.


Jane Lynch has lent her voice to numerous animated films, including Space Chimps, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Shrek Forever After, Rio, the Wreck-It Ralph film franchise, Escape from Planet Earth, and UglyDolls.


Jane Lynch is known for her stage work including her role in Nora Ephron's off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore in 2009.


Jane Lynch made her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in the revival of Annie in 2013.

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Jane Lynch returned to Broadway as Mrs Brice in another revival, Funny Girl, in 2022.


In 2013, Jane Lynch received the 2,505th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the television category, located at 6640 Hollywood Blvd.


Jane Marie Lynch was born on July 14,1960, in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and raised in Dolton, Illinois, the daughter of a banker father, Frank Joseph Lynch, and a homemaker-secretary mother, Eileen Lynch.


Jane Lynch was raised in a Catholic family and attended Thornridge High School.


Jane Lynch graduated from Illinois State University in 1982 with a theater degree, and earned a master of fine arts degree from Cornell University in 1984.


Jane 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.


Jane Lynch then continued to hone her comical and improvisational skills at Annoyance Theater, playing Carol Brady in the theater's The Real Live Brady Bunch.


Jane Lynch got her start in films in 1988, playing a small role in the film Vice Versa.


Jane Lynch appeared, that same year, as a reporter in Fatal Instinct.


Jane Lynch played Christy Cummings, a butch lesbian personal dog handler to trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot.


Jane Lynch told Fresh Airs Terry Gross that the role was originally intended for a man but that, at the urging of Steve Carell's wife Nancy Walls, was offered to Lynch instead.


Jane Lynch starred with John Hannah and William Fichtner in 2002's MDs and has appeared in the crime drama Criminal Minds as Spencer Reid's schizophrenic mother.


Jane Lynch won glowing reviews for her role as the aggressive cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester.


Jane 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.


Jane Lynch was the co-host of the NBC special New Year's Eve with Carson Daly on December 31,2013, alongside Carson Daly, host of The Voice.


In 2015, Jane Lynch guest-starred in the television series Girl Meets World in the episode "Girl Meets Farkle's Choice".


On February 21,2017, Jane Lynch appeared on The Price Is Right as a Celebrity Charity Week contestant.


In March 2013, Jane Lynch was announced as executive producer of comedy web series Dropping the Soap.

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Jane Lynch starred in the series and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.


In 2017, Lynch portrayed Janet Reno for the Discovery Channel television series, Manhunt: Unabomber.


Also in 2017, Jane Lynch guest-starred in Episode 7 of Marvelous Mrs Maisel as popular but dislikeable comic Sophie Lennon.


Jane Lynch returned in the role for two episodes at the end of the second season.


In May 2020, it was reported that Jane Lynch will appear in a recurring role on the Netflix comedy series, Space Force.


In November 2021, Jane Lynch voiced Ole Golley in the Apple TV+ animated series Harriet the Spy.


Jane Lynch wrote and starred in the award-winning play Oh Sister, My Sister.


Jane Lynch starred in Comcast's XFinity ads, mainly with two different laptops and two different colored Persian cats.


Jane Lynch hosted the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on September 18,2011, only the third woman in Emmy history to host the awards show solo.


An autobiography written by Jane Lynch, titled Happy Accidents, was published in the fall of 2011 by Hyperion Voice.


Jane 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.


Jane Lynch is openly lesbian and married Lara Embry in 2010.


Jane Lynch 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.


Jane Lynch was the commencement speaker for Smith College's class of 2012 where she received an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts.


Jane Lynch made her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie for a limited engagement lasting from May 15 to July 14,2013.


In 2014, Jane Lynch joined the Ban Bossy campaign as a spokesperson advocating leadership roles for girls.


In 2015, Lynch debuted See Jane Sing, a cabaret show in which she sings along with Kate Flannery from The Office and Tim Davis from ABC's Boy Band, accompanied by the Tony Guerrero Quintet.


In 2016, Lynch released A Swingin' Little Christmas, a nostalgic Christmas album featuring the See Jane Sing ensemble and released on Lynch's own KitschTone Records label.


In 2020, Jane Lynch directed her first two TV commercials for the production company STORY, and joined its roster of commercial directors.


Jane Lynch's stint ran from opening on April 24,2022, to an expected August 14,2022 conclusion.

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In 2022, Jane Lynch was named honorary "mayor of Funner", the putative location of Harrah's Resort Southern California.


Jane Lynch married Lara Embry, on May 31,2010, in Sunderland, Massachusetts.


In 2021, Jane Lynch married longtime partner Jennifer Cheyne in Santa Barbara, California.


Jane Lynch speculated to Craig Ferguson on a July 19,2013 broadcast of The Late Late Show that the deafness was most likely caused by having had a high fever as an infant.


Jane Lynch has received five Primetime Emmy Awards from twelve nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Awards from six nominations, and a Golden Globe Award from two nominations.