Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, voice actress, author, singer and comedian. She is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in the musical television series Glee. She also gained fame in Christopher Guest’s improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Jane Lynch.
1. Lynch was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and raised in Dolton, Illinois, the daughter of a banker father, Frank Lynch, and a homemaker secretary mother, Eileen.
2. Her father was of Irish descent, his parents having come from Swinford, County Mayo, and her mother was of Irish and Swedish ancestry.
3. She was raised in a Catholic family and attended Thornridge High School.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Andy Richter played Mike Brady in the New York shows. He and Lynch became very good friends.
7. Lynch got her start in films in 1988, playing a small role in the film Vice Versa.
8. In 1993, she had a secondary role as a doctor alongside Harrison Ford in The Fugitive.
9. She also appeared, in 1993, as a reporter in Fatal Instinct.
10. During the 1990s, she made numerous television commercials, including one for Frosted Flakes for an adult audience, directed by Christopher Guest.
11. A few years later, Guest would remember Lynch, as he chose actors for his 2000 dog show mockumentary, Best in Show. Lynch played Christy Cummings, a butch lesbian personal dog handler to trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge).
12. From there, she became a staple actress in 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 as an entertainment reporter.
13. Audiences and critics took notice of Lynch for her turn in Judd Apatow’s The 40 Year Old Virgin.
14. 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.
15. In Julie and Julia, she portrayed Dorothy McWilliams, Julia Child’s sister.
16. In 2008 she narrated Out & Proud in Chicago, a documentary which tells about LGBT life in Chicago from the Civil War to 2008 through the stories of 20 everyday Chicagoans, from age 30 to age 80.
17. Beginning in 2009, Lynch appeared as a regular cast member of the Fox series Glee.
18. 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.
19. She starred in Comcast’s XFinity ads, mainly with two different laptops and two different colored Persian cats.
20. Lynch’s first experience hosting an awards show was in 2010 when she hosted the 2010 VH1 DoSomething Awards.
21. Lynch hosted the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on September 18, 2011, only the third woman in Emmy history to host the awards show solo.
22. An autobiography written by Lynch, titled Happy Accidents, was published in the fall of 2011 by Hyperion Voice.
23. 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.
24. Lynch made her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie for a limited engagement lasting from May 15 to July 14, 2013. She took the place of Katie Finneran.
25. In 2014, Lynch joined the Ban Bossy campaign as a spokesperson advocating leadership roles for girls.
26. 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.
27. Lynch is openly lesbian; in 2005, she was named one of Power Up’s “10 Amazing Lesbian Women in Showbiz.”
28. On May 31, 2010, in Sunderland, Massachusetts, Lynch married clinical psychologist Lara Embry, whom she first met a year earlier at a fundraiser in San Francisco.
29. In June 2013, Lynch announced that she and Embry were divorcing after three years of marriage; the divorce was finalized in January 2014.
30. Lynch is deaf in her right ear. On July 19, 2013, she speculated to Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show that the deafness in that ear was most likely caused by having had a high fever as an infant.