Jane Lynch is a multiple Emmy Award-winning actress, who is best known for her role in the musical television series Glee (2009-2015). The Illinois native, who is also a singer and comedian, is a proud former member of the legendary improvisational comedy troupe, The Second City, which boasts of past members such as Bill Murray, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert, among many others. Read on to find out more about her career, earnings, and love life.
On the 14th of July, 1960, in the Cook County village of Evergreen Park, Illinois, Eileen (née Carney) and Frank Lynch welcomed their daughter, Jane Marie Lynch. Her father, who is of Irish descent, worked as a banker while her mother, of Irish and Swedish ancestry, was a homemaker and secretary.
Lynch received her high school education at Thornridge High School in Dolton Illinois. After high school, she auditioned to join the improvisational comedy troupe, The Second City, as she further began to act in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Annoyance Theater. Having made a name for herself in the improv comical world, Lynch moved to film acting. Her film debut was a small role in the comedy Vice Versa (1988) which starred Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage.
In the 1990s, Jane Lynch appeared mostly in television commercials although she was able to land another minor role in The Fugitive (1993) alongside Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Her big break came in 2000 when she was cast by director Christopher Guest to play the role of a butch lesbian personal dog handler called Christy Cummings in the dog show mockumentary, Best in Show (2000). Her performance in the movie made her a staple feature in Guest’s subsequent productions, which further exposed her to other directors and producers.
One of such filmmakers to have taken an interest in Lynch was Judd Apatow, who offered her a role in the sex comedy film The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) where her performance garnered rave reviews. She then went ahead to appear in films and television shows like Two and a Half Men (2004-14), Criminal Minds (2006-19), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), The Rocker (2008), before landing the career-defining role of Sue Sylvester in Glee (2009-15).
How Much is Jane Lynch Worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jane Lynch has an estimated net worth of $16 million. The actress, who is also a comedian, singer, and author, made most of her wealth from her acting career, although she is reported to have also made a significant amount from her other endeavors. While it is not exactly clear how much Lynch made from her other works, it is known that the actress was paid about $80,000 per episode on the award-winning show, Glee.
Who is Her Wife or Ex-Wife?
Jane Lynch, who is an open lesbian, was previously married to a clinical psychologist named Lara Embry. The two first met each other sometime in the middle of 2009, at a fundraising event in San Francisco. They were said to have struck a conversation that night and exchanged contacts which led to the beginning of a long-distance relationship. Almost a year after they first met each other, the pair took the bold step of going ahead to exchange vows at the Blue Heron Restaurant in Sunderland, Massachusetts, on the 31st of May, 2010.
During their time together, Embry and her two adopted children; Haden and Chase Embry, reportedly moved in with Lynch as she began to form a strong relationship with the children. Everything appeared to be rosy for the couple until Lynch announced in June 2013 that she and Embry were calling quits on their marriage. Details about their divorce were not made available to the public as proceedings were finalized amicably in January 2014.
How Tall is She?
For a woman in a country where the average height of women is 5 feet 4 inches, Jane Lynch’s height can certainly be described as very tall. The actress, who has publicly said that she is comfortable with her very impressive height, stands at 6 feet 0 inches or 183 cm. She further weighs about 65 kg or 143 lbs and wears a shoe size of 11 (US) or 8.5 (UK).