Chicago Represented in Hollywood

September 19, 2011

Did you watch the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards Sunday night? Did you see Chicago?

No, it didn’t take place here in Chicago real estate, but there were residents from the area peppered throughout the show.

Jane Lynch in a red dress being held by a bunch of guys in gold.

Emmys' host Jane Lynch is from the West Side of Chicago. By the way, red dresses were big this year.

For starters, the hilarious Jane Lynch, a Dolton native, was not only nominated for her work on “Glee,” but she hosted the entire event!

Some of Lynch’s material for the show was written by Jill and Faith Soloway, sisters who grew up in the city’s South Common neighborhood and are friends of Jane from her time working at Second City and the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago.

Kate Flannery, a Chicagoan who plays Meredith on “The Office,” was part of the EmmyTones, a group of actors that sang songs throughout the show to introduce different categories of awards.

Melissa McCarthy holds up her Emmy

Plainfield's Melissa McCarthy won an Emmy for best lead actress in a comedy.

One of the best local Emmy awards went to Melissa McCarthy of Plainfield, who captured the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award for “Mike and Molly.”

“I’m from Plainfield, Illinois, and I’m standing here, and it’s kind of amazing,” she said as she accepted her award. “Holy smokes!”

Steve Levitan, who attended Glenbrook South High School, won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series on “Modern Family.” Levitan, the show’s Executive Producer, also shared in the award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Other Chicago connections:

*Nominees Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert all worked at Second City in Chicago.

*Nominee Martha Plimpton is an ensemble member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.

*Jeremy Piven, an “Entourage” star and Emmy presenter, grew up in Evanston.

*Late actor Tom Bosley, a Chicago native and DePaul alum, was recognized during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment.

*Julianna Margulies won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on “The Good Wife,” which is set in Chicago, though it’s technically filmed in New York. She used to be on “ER,” which was set and partially filmed here.

*Kyle Chandler, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series as the coach on “Friday Night Lights,” used to be on “Early Edition,” which was filmed at the Chicago Sun-Times.

*Johnny Galecki, an Oak Park native, was nominated but did not win for his performance in “The Big Bang Theory.”

Hey, it’s enough just to be nominated. We are proud of all our famous Chicago connections! Congratulations to you all!

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