(Amy in ANGEL FROM HELL)
Lynch cut her theatrical teeth with The Second City comedy troupe, at the Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicago area.
On television, Lynch starred as Sue Sylvester in the series “Glee,” a role for which she won both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Also, she is an Emmy Award winner for her role as host of “Hollywood Game Night.” Other memorable television roles among many are “Party Down,” “The L Word,” “Desperate Housewives” and, on the Network, “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” for which she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Criminal Minds” and “Two and a Half Men.” Also, Lynch served as host of “The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.”
Lynch’s film credits include “A.C.O.D.,” “The Three Stooges,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Julie & Julia,” “Shrek Forever After,” “Post Grad,” “For Your Consideration,” “A Mighty Wind,” “Best In Show,” “Role Models,” The Rocker,” “Spring Breakdown,” “Space Chimps,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Walk Hard,” “Talladega Nights,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Bam Bam and Celeste” and “Suffering Man’s Charity,” among others.
On stage, Lynch portrayed Miss Hannigan in a limited Broadway run of Annie at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater. As an author, Lynch penned the autobiography Happy Accidents, which topped several national bestseller lists, including The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, as well as the children’s book Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean. In 2013, Lynch was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the television category. In 2014, she joined the Ban Bossy campaign as a spokesperson advocating leadership roles for girls. She was named one of the Power Up organization’s “10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz.”
Born in Evergreen Park, Ill and raised in Dolton, Ill, Lynch received a bachelor’s degree in theater from Illinois State University and an MFA in theater from Cornell University. Currently, she resides in Los Angeles. Her birth date is July 14. Follow her on Twitter @janemarielynch.