Jane Lynch (born on July 14, 1960, in Dolton, Illinois) is an American writer, actress and comedian.
Raised in Illinois, she went to a public university and got her M.F.A. in theater from Cornell. Her 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 personal dog handler to trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge) in the director Christopher Guest's 2000 mockumentary Best in Show (2000). She also appeared in Guest's comedic take on folk music A Mighty Wind (2003) as porn actress turned singer, Laurie Bohner.
Lynch is also a seasoned television performer. She starred with John Hannah and William Fichtner in 2002's MDs, and has guest starred in television series such as Married... with Children, Frasier, Judging Amy, The West Wing, Dawson's Creek, Gilmore Girls, 7th Heaven, The X-Files, Family Guy, Felicity, Monk, Friends, Veronica Mars, Arrested Development and The L Word.