Jane Lynch (born July 14, 1960 in Dolton, Illinois) cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicago area.
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The actress, raised in an Irish Catholic family, graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in theatre as well as an MFA from Cornell University, also in theatre.
Long String Of Film Credits
Jane's film credits including "Julie & Julia" as Dorothy McWilliams, Julia Child's sister (played by Meryl Streep), “Post Grad” and “Paul and Brownie Masters".
The sassy blonde has a long history of working with the renowned Christopher Guest in films such as "For Your Consideration" as an entertainment reporter, "A Mighty Wind" as a porn star turned folk singer and "Best in Show" which most agree was Jane's breakthrough film as the butch lesbian personal dog handler with trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot played by Jennifer Coolidge.
She has also appeared in "Role Models", "The Rockers", "Spring Breakdown" and the beloved "Alvin and the Chipmunks."
She is well known for her oddball role in "The 40 Year Old Virgin" which was originally written for a man, but was offered to Jane due to the influence of Steve Carell's wife, Nancy Walls, who worked with Jane at Second City. She also appeared in the films "Walk Hard" and "Talladega Nights."
Extensive Theater Background
Her extensive theater background involved touring with The Second City comedy troupe and playing Carol Brady in The Real Live Brady Bunch. The comedian 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.
Jane's play “Oh Sister, My Sister!” had runs at the Tamarind Theatre and Bang Theater, garnering the LA Weekly Comedy Ensemble of the Year Award.
Charlie Harper's Therapist
Jane has popped all over television with a recurring role on "Two and a Half Men" as Charlie Harper's wisecracking therapist, as Spencer Reid's ("Criminal Minds") mentally ill mother and co-starring appearances in "Party Down", "Desperate Housewives", "Weeds" and the last season of "The L Word" on Showtime where she played the smitten love interest of Cybill Shepard.
She starred with John Hannah and William Fichtner in 2002's MDs, and has made guest appearances in numerous television series, including Judging Amy, The West Wing, 7th Heaven, Felicity, Arrested Development, Boston Legal, Help Me Help You, Gilmore Girls, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Psych and Monk among others.
Coach Sue Sylvester On "Glee"
Jane Lynch gives new meaning to the definition of character actress. The writer, actress, comedian and singer has made her mark on a vast number of characters in a wide range of comedy and drama venues on television and in the movies.
It was no surprise that her portrayal of the obnoxiously aggressive and devious cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester, on Fox's "Glee" took the world by storm.
When the viewers got a glimpse of the inner soft heart of the fiercely competitive coach, they fell in love. As a result, Jane Lynch has become a true fan favorite on the wildly popular series.
Some critics have even indicated that Jane Lynch is one of the key reasons to watch the musical dramedy.
Even viewers who love to hate the snarky coach can't stop watching her. To say her portrayal of the misunderstood Sue is brilliant is an understatement. Many, but not all, of the critics agree although her acting peers are unanimous in their praise.
Winning Lots Of Awards
Jane was nominated for a series of awards for her spectacular performances including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film for her role on Glee in 2010. The series also received nominations in several other Golden Globe categories.
Jane eventually won the Emmy Award at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony held on August 29, 2010. She also recently was named Favorite TV Comedy Actress at the 2011 People's Choice Awards. Critics expect many more awards to follow.
Drawing Inspiration From Her Many Roles Over The Years
In the past 10 years, the extremely busy actress has had over 100 different acting roles which is considerable more than most actors have in an entire lifetime.
Jane is about to turn 50 in the Summer of 2010. So expect her to continue to rack up tons of new acting offers over the next 50 years or so.
Jane has boundless energy and draws inspiration from a variety of sources for her daunting performance as Coach Sue Sylvester.
The multi-talented actress has told the media "rarely have I come across a character—and I've played some doozies—where I say 'I don't know where this person lives.'
Jane always tried to find a way to hook into the character she plays whether it's the sarcastic therapist on "Two and A Half Men" or the no nonsense "Glee" coach whipping her Cheerios cheer squad into fierce competitive shape.
Back To Jane's Tousled Cropped Haircut
In the majority of the roles Jane Lynch has played over the years she always appears with her tresses ranging from very short to a medium layered style.
Her current hairstyle on Glee is sometimes referred to as a modified mullet hairstyle which might be officially known as a Gullet, code for a female mullet.
Jane is so dedicated to her craft there is no doubt in my mind that is a particular character called for her to wear pink and blue dreadlocks to her bum, she would do it. Or a faux hawk. Even long blonde Goldilocks tresses. That's because Jane has integrity about honoring her characters and how they might dress, behave and wear their hair.
The short crop Jane wears in "Glee" perfectly suits her role as Sue. The coach of the cheerleading squad is a no frills, no nonsense competitor who is just trying to keep it all together. Definitely not a person who would worry about dealing with unnecessary hair styling pressures.
Jane Lynch's Hairstyle 411
For her TV role as Coach Sue Sylvester, Jane wears her hair in alternating tousled and sleeker styles which are perfect for her "fashion" uniform of sweats and running suits.
Changing up her tousled chop hairstyle is as easy as alternating the styling products she uses.
As Coach Sylvester, Jane appears to be a wash and wear hairstyle gal who basically jumps in the shower, towel blots and then uses her fingers to air tousle dry.
Sometimes Jane's tresses appear less wash and wear then others. Regardless, it appears that her hairstyle on "Glee" is very low maintenance and suits the role she plays perfectly.
For the Red Carpet Jane's hair is usually styled sleekly and brushed up and off her forehead with lots of body and some volume built in around the crown.
I have never seen Jane wearing hair accessories to dress up her short style, but she might pop on a very thin headband to complement her gown.
For less formal off-camera events she often wears her hair finger tousled.
Hairstyle: Short Choppy Hairstyle
Since her hair is so short, it's obvious Jane doesn't utilize any type of wigs or add-on hair for her various tousled chopped hairstyles. As Coach Sue Sylvester the back of her hair is long enough to form a soft flip at the base of her neck which gives the illusion of a female mullet do.
Whether this longer section of hair is intentional to showcase Sue's personality or not is unknown. However, if anyone was going to have a female Mullet, it would definitely be Sue Sylvester.
Hairstyle Color: Warm sandy blonde base
Hairstyle Highlights/Lowlights: If you look closely you will see what appears to be ribbons of lighter golden and white blonde highlights with deeper golden blonde lowlights which gives Jane's hair warmth, depth and volume.
The whiter blonde highlights interwoven around the hairline and strategically placed against the softer sandy blonde base also helps to bring out a beautiful shine.
Texture: Jane appears to have medium to medium thick hair in excellent shape with a tendency towards natural waves. Her hair appears to have very slight layers skillfully placed around the perimeter of her hairstyle.
Fringe: Jane rarely wears a fringe which may be due to the fact her hair is so short or because it is naturally wavy/curly. There doesn't appear to be enough length to fashion into any type of fringe.
Lately the star has been seen with her sandy blonde tresses cascading from a deep side part directing the front section of hair near the hairline over to the opposite side of her face.
Sometimes Jane's hair is brushed off her hairline in such a style that no obvious part is clearly visible. She also plays with soft peaks of hair along the hairline brushed up into an edgy spike.
Face Shape: Jane's face shape is primarily oval. Some face shape watchers might believe she has more prominent jaws giving a hint of a square face shape.
Hairstyle Works Best: Jane's hairstyle works best for tresses which are ear length or above either all one length or with layers.
The best texture for recreating this hairstyle is straighter hair with some bend or natural waves.
Of course tight curls might not work with this hairstyle, but very light curls which can be temporarily straightened could be an option. The hairstyle can be copied with or without a fringe.
Hair Tools Required: This style can be easily air dried and finger tousled. It's basically a wet, tousle and go hairstyle.
If you prefer a more finished or textured look you can utilize a blow dryer, small barrel curling iron or flat iron, 100% boar bristle round brush, long tail comb, leave-in conditioner, defrisant, styling spray and/or cream, sculpting hairspray, shine spray and/or serum drops.
Hair wax is optional for creating different textures. If you want lots of volume you may want to consider using a volumizing program with shampoo and root lift spray.
To add strategically placed volume, fullness and/or length you may wish to play with clip-in hair extensions, clip in fringes or a clip-in pony for a completely different look.
Steal Jane's Hair Style
This style is idea for short to very short tresses which are medium in thickness. Follow the steps below to re-create Jane's tousled or sleek choppy hair style:
Start with a short precision hair cut which is all one length or with very slight layers throughout.
1. Start by washing your hair in lukewarm water with a product designed to add back moisture and to treat colored or highlighted hair with tender loving care.
2. Rinse hair well and then apply a moisturizing rinse-out conditioner focusing the products on the areas of the hair that are most dry or damaged. If your hair is fine or thin you may wish to skip this option.
4. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to lock in moisture and add additional shine.
5. Towel blot to remove excess moisture. Apply a conditioning detangling spray or leave-in conditioner and detangle strands with a wide tooth comb working from the ends to the roots.
Create either a center or side part, depending on how you wish to style your hair.
6. For fullness, lift and volume throughout the crown, apply a volume enhancing product to the roots. Distribute a straightening balm to the rest of the strands distributing from below the roots to the ends.
7. Use a long tail comb to create desired part. Separate strands into 1" to 2 1/2" sections and blow dry with a boar's bristle round brush. For added volume you may wish to consider a vent brush. Blow dry the top sections of hair using fingers to lift individual top strands and direct the air flow from ends to roots.
Note: If hair is naturally curly, do not use fingers to blow dry since this can add to frizz. Use a boar's bristle brush instead.
8. When hair is completely dry you may opt to touch up the strands with a straightening iron to achieve sleeker panels of hair.
Or you may prefer to use a curling iron (or hot rollers) to turn under the ends or add more volume and lift to the crown area.
"Glee," which won Favorite TV Comedy at the 2011 People's Choice Award, returns for a new season February 6 after the Super Bowl. Jane Lynch has reported to the media that her character Sue Sylvester is back to her old tricks.
Jane said "Sue Sylvester throws a fit the likes of which I don't think television has seen. It's operatic." In the episode, Sue is prevented from making her cheerleaders perform a "life-threatening" routine, which sends the overbearing coach into a fit of rage. "It goes on probably three beats longer than it should," said Lynch.
Fan expect nothing less of the volatile coach. If Coach Sylvester reported back to school duty as a nice cream puff, where would all the fun be in watching?
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- Revised Publication Date: 04/21/11
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