I really enjoy watching Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester on the TV show Glee. What did she do before and what is next for her?
—Leona Black, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Before hitting it big with Glee, Lynch, 50, who was born in Dolton, Ill., worked consistently and compiled nearly 150 credits in movies, including A Mighty Wind, Julie & Julia and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and on TV’s Two and a Half Men, Boston Legal, Criminal Minds and other shows. She’s readying her memoir, Happy Accidents, for release this fall. “I know it sounds New-Agey and granoli, but you really need to trust that you’re on your own path, stay true to it—and show up,” she says. “Showing up is 90 percent.”