Jane Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is an American comedian, actress and singer. She is known for her roles in comedies such as Best in Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Role Models, as well as for her recurring roles as lawyer Joyce Wischina in The L Word, Dr. Linda Freeman, Charlie's sarcastic therapist on Two and a Half Men and as Spencer Reid's mother Diana Reid on Criminal Minds. She was also a regular on the comedy-drama series Party Down as Constance Carmell; the role garnered her a positive critical response. She is currently appearing as Sue Sylvester in the Fox musical-comedy series Glee for which she has won an Emmy Award. She also provided the voice for one of the female ogres in Shrek Forever After and plays Samantha Puckett's mother in season four of iCarly.
Lynch was born and raised in Dolton, Illinois, the daughter of a homemaker mother and a banker father. She was raised in an Irish Catholic family and attended Thornridge High School. She received her bachelor's degree in theatre from Illinois State University and her MFA in theatre from Cornell University. She lived in Chelsea for a year and a half.
Lynch's extensive theater background involved touring with The Second City comedy troupe and playing Carol Brady in The Real Live Brady Bunch. She also 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 L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center in 2004.
Her breakthrough film role was as Christy Cummings, the butch lesbian personal dog handler to trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge) in director Christopher Guest's mockumentary Best in Show (2000). She also appeared in Guest's A Mighty Wind (2003) as porn actress-turned-folk singer Laurie Bohner and in For Your Consideration (2006) as an entertainment reporter.
Lynch is also a television performer. She starred with John Hannah and William Fichtner in 2002's MDs, and has made guest appearances in numerous television series, including L.A. Law, Judging Amy, The West Wing, 7th Heaven, Friends, Felicity, Arrested Development, the cult hit 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, Monk and Party Down among others.
In 2005, Lynch was named as one of POWER UP's "10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz."
Audiences and critics took notice of Lynch for her oddball turn in Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin. She told Fresh Air's Terry Gross the role was originally intended for a man but, at the urging of Steve Carell's wife Nancy Walls, was offered to Lynch instead. Since then, she has starred 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, and Spring Breakdown.
She recently starred in Julie and Julia, playing the role of Dorothy McWilliams, Julia Child's sister. Entertainment Weekly dedicated an article on their website toward the possibility of her performance receiving an Academy Award nomination.
As of 2009, Lynch currently appears on the Fox series Glee. Lynch won glowing reviews for her role as the aggressive cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester. Mary McNamara of the LA 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. On December 15, 2009, Lynch received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film for her role on Glee. The series itself also received nominations in three other categories. On August 29, 2010, Lynch won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series. On her behalf, she submitted the episode, The Power of Madonna.
Jane Lynch also recently guest starred on the hit nickelodeon show iCarly, as Pam Puckett, Sam Puckett's mother.
Jane Lynch apeared at the 2010 MTV VMAs on Sept. 12, 2010. 
Lynch, openly a lesbian, married Dr. Lara Embry on May 31, 2010 at the Blue Heron Restaurant in Sunderland, Massachusetts. Embry herself received much publicity surrounding a custody battle over two children with her former partner.
Lynch suffers from deafness in one ear.
|Vice Versa||Ms. Linstrom|
|1992||In the Best Interest of the Children||Gwen Hatcher||TV Movie, as Jany Lynch|
|1993||The Fugitive||Dr. Kathy Wahlund|
|Fatal Instinct||Prison Reporter|
|2000||What Planet Are You From?||Doreen|
|Red Lipstick||Final TV Newscaster|
|Best in Show||Christy Cummings|
|2001||Nice Guys Finish Last||Mom||Comedy short|
|2002||Hiding in Walls||Diane Moffet||Comedy short|
|Collateral Damage||Agent Russo|
|The Big Time||Miss Rush||TV Movie|
|2003||A Mighty Wind||Laurie Bohner||Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast|
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
|2004||Little Black Boot||Grace||Comedy short|
|Surviving Eden||Maude Silver|
|Memoirs of an Evil Stepmother||Blanche Monroe||Comedy short|
|Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Realtor||Uncredited role|
|The Aviator||Amelia Earhart||Scenes deleted from final cut |
|2005||Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party||Joan Hobbie / Minnie||Animated, voice actor|
|Promtroversy||Mimi Nimby (Concerned Parent)||Comedy short|
|The 40-Year-Old Virgin||Paula|
|Bam Bam and Celeste||Darlene|
|The Californians||Sybill Platt|
|2006||The List||Dr. Davina|
|Separated at Worth||Jennifer||TV Movie|
|Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby||Lucy Bobby|
|For Your Consideration||Cindy||Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast|
|The Frank Anderson||Dr. Emily Brice||Comedy short|
|Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes||Joan Hobbie / Minnie||Animated, voice actor|
|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|
|Smiley Face||Casting Director|
|Suffering Man's Charity||Ingrid|
|Love is Love||Reverend Greeley||Comedy short|
|Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever||Joan Hobbie / Minnie||Animated, voice actor|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks||Gail|
|Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||News Interviewer||Uncredited role|
|2008||The Toe Tactic||Honey Strumpet|
|The Hammer||Woman in hardware store|
|Adventures of Power||Joni|
|Tru Loved||Ms. Maple|
|Space Chimps||Dr. Poole||voice actor|
|Another Cinderella Story||Dominique Blatt||Direct-to-DVD|
|Role Models||Gayle Sweeny|
|Spring Breakdown||Senator Kay Bee Hartmann|
|Mr. Troop Mom||Ms. Hulka||Nickelodeon film|
|Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust||Video Game/Voice Work|
|Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Diatryma Mom||Voice Work|
|Julie & Julia||Dorothy McWilliams|
|Post Grad||Carmella Malby|
|2010||Paul||Pat Stevenson||forthcoming film|
|Shrek Forever After||Gretched|
|1993||Bakersfield P.D.||Michelle Hathaway||Episode: "Bakersfield Madam"|
|Empty Nest||Tammy||Episode: "The Girl Who Cried Baby"|
|1994||Married... with Children||Greta||Episode: "Valentine's Day Massacre"|
|Party of Five||Dr. Pennant||Episode: "Much Ado"|
|The John Larroquette Show||Evaluator||Episode: "The Tutor"|
|1995||In The House||Ruth||Episode: "Female Trouble"|
|NewsRadio||Carol||Episode: "The Cane"|
|1996||Cybill||Mrs. Sweeney||Episode: "Educating Zoey"|
|3rd Rock from the Sun||Mrs. Koppel||Episode: "Dick, Smoker"|
|Caroline in the City||Hostess||Episode: "Caroline and the Bad Date"|
|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"|
|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"|
|Cursed||Carla||Episode: "...And Then Jack Had Two Dates"|
|Popular||Susie Klein||Episode: "I Know What You Did Last Spring Break"|
|The Division||Episode: "The First Hit's Free, Baby"|
|Arli$$||Episode: "Giving Something Back"|
|Boston Public||Jane Morrell||Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Four"|
|Family Law||Cheryl Bowman||Episode: "No Options"|
|The X-Files||Mrs. Anne T. Lokensgard||Episode: "Lord of the Flies"|
|The King of Queens||Dr. Foreman||Episode: "Ovary Action"|
|2001–2002||Family Guy||Dotty Campbell||Voice actor, 4 Episodes|
|7th Heaven||Nurse||4 Episodes|
|2002||Titus||Prosecutor||Episode: "The Trial"|
|Felicity||Professor Carnes||2 Episodes: "Ben Don't Leave" & "The Paper Chase"|
|MDs||Aileen Poole, RN, Ph.D||Series regular|
|2003||Watching Ellie||Roman||Episode: "TV"|
|The Dead Zone||Flo McMurtry||Episode: "The Storm"|
|Spider-Man: The New Animated Series||Oscorp Executive||Voice actor, Episode: "Heroes and Villains"|
|According to Jim||Janice||Episode: "The Lemonade Stand"|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Susanna Howe||Episode: "You Da Bomb"|
|Monk||Dr. Julie Waterford||Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Married"|
|Las Vegas||Helen Putasca||Episode: "You Can't Take It With You"|
|Arrested Development||Cindi Lightballoon||3 Episodes: "Altar Egos", "Shock and Aww" & "Justice is Blind"|
|Friends||Ellen the realtor||Episode: "The One Where Estelle Dies"|
|Veronica Mars||Mrs. Donaldson||Episode: "Return of the Kane"|
|2005||Unscripted||Jane||2 Episodes: "Episode #1.6" & "Episode #1.7"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Ranger||Episode: "Unbearable"|
|Blind Justice||Dr. Taylor||2 Episodes: "Four Feet Under" & "Rub a Tub Tub"|
|The Life and Times of Juniper Lee||Madame Rothchild||Voice actor, Episode: "Magic Takes a Holiday"|
|Weeds||The Candyman||Episode: "Fashion of the Christ"|
|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"|
|Night Stalker||Scientist||Episode: "Into Night", uncredited|
|Lovespring International||Victoria Ratchford||Series regular|
|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"|
|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|
|Campus Ladies||Professor||Episode: "Psych 101"|
|The New Adventures of Old Christine||Ms. Hammond||2 Episodes: "The Real Thing" & "Friends"|
|American Dad!||Various||Voice actor, 2 Episodes: "Surro-Gate" & "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever"|
|2004–present||Two and a Half Men||Dr. Linda Freeman||Recurring minor role |
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Comedy Series (2010)
|2007–present||Handy Manny||Jackie Greenway||Recurring role/voice work|
|2005–2009||The L Word||Joyce Wischnia||Recurring role|
|2008||My Name Is Earl||Sissy||Episode: "I Won't Die With a Little Help From My Friends"|
|Psych||Barbara Dunlap||Episode: "There Might Be Blood"|
|2009||The Spectacular Spider-Man||Joan Jameson||Voice actor, Episode: "Gangland"|
|Party Down||Constance Carmell||Series regular|
|Reno 911||Counselor||Episode: "Wiegel's Couple's Therapy"|
|2009–present||Glee||Sue Sylvester||Series regular
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|2010||The Cleveland Show||Ms. Eck||Episode: "Love Rollercoaster"|
|Phineas and Ferb||Mrs. Johnson||TBA|
|Neighbors from Hell||Alex||Episode: "Screw the EPA"|
|iCarly||Pam Puckett||Season Four, Episode 2 (Episode 72) "iSam's Mom"|
|VH1 Do Something Awards||Herself||Host|
|Saturday Night Live||Herself||Host|
- 2003: A Mighty Wind
- 2008: Another Cinderella Story
- 2010: Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna
- 2010: Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers
|2008||"Hold 4 You"||Another Cinderella Story|
|2010||"Vogue"||Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna|
|2010||"Physical (feat.Olivia Newton-John)"||Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers|
- 'Glee' actress Jane Lynch set to wed girlfriend, Dr. Lara Embry, in May 2010
- DanWarp: iCarly To Reveal Sam's Mom
- Berrin, Danielle (2010-01-09). "Jane Lynch: 'I'm just a goof'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
- The many roles of 'Glee' meanie Jane Lynch
- 40 is the new 20 for Jane Lynch
- Jane Lynch: How 'bout an Oscar nod for her work in 'Julie & Julia'?
- Perry, Byron (2008-03-05). "Jane Lynch". Variety. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
- 'Glee' on Fox
- Godwin, Jennifer (2009-07-07). "Who Could Replace Jane Lynch on Party Down?". E! Online. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- "HFPA News: 67th Golden Globe Award Nominations". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
- "Jane Lynch Found Out She's Hosting SNL by Text". UsMagazine.com.
- "Jane Lynch". TVGuide.com. 2010-09-09.
- IMDb | The Aviator – Trivia
- 'Glee's' Jane Lynch visiting 'iCarly'
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