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Monday, October 3,2011

Jane Lynch

By Lindsay Cohen  
Plain Jane from Illinois? I think not! Jane Lynch, perhaps best known from her role on the musical-comedy television show Glee, is quite the comedienne-actresssinger triple threat! Some other memorable movies include Role Models, 40 Year Old Virgin, and Best in Show.

After 15 years making Chicago audiences laugh while developing her impersonation skills, Jane finally got a taste of acting in a small movie role in 1988. Five years later she stared alongside bigscreen icon Harrison Ford in The Fugitive. Perhaps filming that movie about running away, gave her the feeling of running so that she ran from the movie screen to the television screen.

Jane’s decision to run to the television screen paid off when she landed the role of Sue Sylvester, the antagonistic cheerleading coach on Glee. When asked about the show, Jane exclaims, “I’m on the show of a lifetime, in the role of a lifetime, working with people I adore. And yeah, I wake up every day going, ‘REALLY?!’” Her guest appearances as Charlie’s querky psychiatrist on Two and a Half Men allowed her to comment about actor Charlie Sheen. Lynch said the following, “He’s going through his stuff now, but there’s a really solid, wonderful person in there, and I love him very much.”

Even with all of her success on-screen, Jane never neglected her personal life. After much anxiety and worry about her new on-screen success, Jane decided to write a memoir reflecting on her successful ride towards winning a Golden Globe! As a former alcoholic, Jane is now addicted to perfection: “I’m a perfectionist. I’m a control freak. But, I have a lot of awareness around it these days because now I’m 50 years old and I’m supposed to have awareness. So hopefully I have a story to tell to the fellow control freaks out there!” Hitting the five decade mark “sheer joy – bringing with it wisdom, love, a dream job.” According to Jane, she’s “having the time of [her] life.” Jane focuses on her family life with her wife Lara Embry, a Floridian psychologist. When the two love-birds married in 2010, Jane reflected “I’m a mother — I have a 9-year-old child I just inherited and an 11-year-old I inherited and I am in a wonderful m a r r i a g e t o a wonderful woman.”

Sounds like Jane has everything she had ever hoped for.


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