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Jane Lynch was born 0n 14th July 1960, and grew up in Dolton, IL, just south of Chicago. As a kid, she was obsessed with the movie "Grease" (1978), not only because she wanted to become an actress, but because she harbored a crush on both of the film's stars, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

She earned a bachelor's degree in theater from Illinois State University and went on to intensive graduate acting studies at Cornell University, where concentrated classes pushed her range beyond expectation, helping lay the groundwork for her to inhabit any character a casting director could throw at her.

Her first notoriety came when she transformed into Carol Brady for "The Real Live Brady Bunch," an indie theater phenomena that staged reenactments of actual episodes of the 1970s sitcom. Lynch toured with the quirky hit for over a year and a half, performing for months at a time in New York City, L.A., and Chicago.

In the spring of that year she and longtime partner psychologist Lara Embry were married in a small ceremony in Massachusetts. The following year, Lynch was once again competing with Vergara, when the actresses were each nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award in identical categories. Lynch went on to win the Golden Globe.