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A lanky blond character actress with uncommon comedic talents, Jane Lynch was born July 14, 1960, in Dolton, Ill. She earned a master's degree in theater from Cornell University and trained with Chicago's famed Second City improv troupe.

Lynch's freewheeling, offbeat style was a natural fit for Christopher Guest comedies such as Best in Show (2000) and A Mighty Wind (2003), in which she played, respectively, a high-strung lesbian dog trainer and a retired porn star turned folk singer. For her turn in 2009's Julie & Julia, she earned critical acclaim as the towering sister of Julia Child (portrayed by Meryl Streep).

On television, Lynch has racked up a number of memorable parts, topped off by her Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning role as a cutthroat cheerleading coach on the quirky hit "Glee." The openly gay actress also guest starred as a lesbian civil rights lawyer on "The L Word."

Jane Lynch in Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

2012 PG

Wreck-It Ralph longs to be the good guy instead of the villain in an old-school video game. He sees his chance and sneaks into the arcade's newest game, a flashy first-person shooter. But in doing the forbidden, he unleashes a deadly enemy.

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