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Jane Lynch to be honored at Outfest 2010!

Actress Jane Lynch arrives to the 27th Annual Los Angeles Gay &  Lesbian Film Festival screening of 'Glee' held at the Director's Guild  of America on July 18, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.Glee star Jane Lynch has been chosen to receive the Outfest 14th Annual Achievement Award on opening night of its film festival in July.
The Achievement Award is Outfest’s highest honor and is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film and media.
What a great choice!

Outfest Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer said on the star: “As an actor, comedienne and longtime activist for gay rights issues, Jane has had a profound impact on both mainstream and LGBT audiences. Through her roles in both independent films and blockbuster hits, as well as television, she continually demonstrates her brilliant comedic timing. Jane is funny, fearless and we are proud to honor her this year for her incredible talent, passion and her enduring advocacy for equal rights.”

Last year’s Outfest Achievement Award went to Don Roos and previous recipients include: Jane Anderson, Gregg Araki, Bill Condon, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Todd Haynes, Sir Ian McKellen and Gus Van Sant.

Lynch most recently received a Golden Globe nomination for her brilliant portrayal of Sue Sylvester on FOX’s hit comedy Glee, and won, along with her fellow cast members, a 2009 Screen Actors Guild award for Best Ensemble in a comedy. film credits include Julie & Julia, Post Grad and Paul and Brownie Masters. She is a longtime collaborator of Christopher Guest appearing in For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and Best in Show.

Other film credits include Role Models, The Rocker, Spring Breakdown, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Margaret Cho’s Celeste and Bam Bam, Alan Cumming’s Suffering Man’s Charity, and Outfest 2008 Closing Night Film Tru Loved.

Her recent television credits include Party Down, Lovespring International, Desperate Housewives, Weeds, as well as the last season of The L Word. She has had recurring roles on Boston Legal, Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds and The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Lynch cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicago area.  Her play Oh Sister, My Sister! had runs at the Tamarind Theatre and Bang Theater, garnering the LA Weekly Comedy Ensemble of the Year Award.

The complete line-up for Outfest 2010 will be announced in late May.

For more information on becoming a member of Outfest, please visit

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