The Many Roles Of 'Glee' Meanie Jane Lynch

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In A Mighty Wind, Lynch (second from left) played a porn star turned folk singer who joined her husband (John Michael Higgins, left) in re-forming the 1960s "folk neuftet," The Main Street Singers. Parker Posey (second from right) and Mark Nonisa (right) played the other band members. Warner Bros./The Kobal Collection hide caption

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John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch, Parker Posey and Mark Nonisa

In A Mighty Wind, Lynch (second from left) played a porn star turned folk singer who joined her husband (John Michael Higgins, left) in re-forming the 1960s "folk neuftet," The Main Street Singers. Parker Posey (second from right) and Mark Nonisa (right) played the other band members.

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Jane Lynch has earned a lot of attention recently for her role as Sue Sylvester in the new Fox comedy series Glee. As Sue, Lynch plays the cutthroat coach of an Ohio high school cheerleading team, a woman who's constantly scheming — and who's not above indulging in dirty tricks — to keep her squad, the Cheerios, at the top of the high-school food chain as the glee club tries to work its way up.

Also this year, Lynch appeared with Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, playing Julia Child's sister, Dorothy McWilliams. Streep's star turn earned most of the ink, but Lynch's piquant performance resulted in at least a little buzz about awards-season hopes.

Lynch's breakout role on Glee comes after parts in many movies and TV shows, playing both comedic and dramatic roles. Her film credits include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Best in Show, Collateral Damage, and Talladega Nights.

She's also had roles on dozens of TV shows, including The L Word, Married ... With Children, Gilmore Girls, 7th Heaven, Arrested Development, Desperate Housewives and Party Down.

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