It's crazy to me that inside of two years ago, I was still explaining to some people who Jane Lynch was. And now she's hosting this year's Primetime Emmys.

Lynch's credits date back to the 1980s, so she had been at this performing thing for more than a decade before she firmly came on my radar in Christopher Guest's 2000 mockumentary "Best in Show." From that moment on, I was consciously recognizing her and looking forward to what she would do next — which was considerable, and (though she can certainly play drama) usually hilarious.

Still, even with her movie and TV success over the past 10 years, this talented actress was still somehow waiting for a role that would make her a household name. That came (at the expense of "Party Down," unfortunately) with "Glee." Two seasons later, look at her now. It's really a triumph of talent.

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