Dot-Marie Jones, the actress who plays Coach Shannon Beiste on the hit TV series Glee, knows plenty about hard work. She grew up one of six kids on a cattle ranch in northern California. Her dad died when she was ten, and she recalls how the kids took on the responsibility of running the ranch, "My sister Carolyn and I did all the outside chores…at [ages] 10 and 12 we had to milk cows before we went to school and when we got home from school before we could go play."
In high school, Jones was drawn to sports partly because of her imposing size: "In 8th grade, I went from 5'6" to 6'1". No cheerleading for "The Beiste." She started working out and became a top track, volleyball, and basketball athlete.
For a self described "small town farm girl" it was a big deal when she started getting scholarship offers from colleges. She thought, "Is this serious? This could change my life." Jones ended up being a 5-time all-American in shotput in college and was sent to the 1988 and 1992Read More »from This arm-wrestling champ is a “big crybaby” when it comes to her success on Glee