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 as Best in Show.
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.
Her portrayal of Sue Sylvester in Glee has won numerous awards, including 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.
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. Since 2013, she is hosting NBC game show Hollywood Game Night, for which she has won two Emmy Awards.
Lynch was born Evergreen Park, Illinois, 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 her bachelor’s degree in theater from Illinois State University and her MFA in theater from Cornell University.
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 in Sunderland, Massachusetts, whom she 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. On July 19, 2013, she speculated to Craig Ferguson on the The Late Late Show that the deafness in that ear was most likely caused by having had a high fever as an infant.