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|Birthday:||1937 (birth year) - 1997 (death year)|
|Occupation(s):|| Former Teacher|
Former Glee Club Coach
|Aliases:|| Mrs. Adler (Students, Sue)|
Dead Fat Lady (Sue)
|Family & Friends|
|Friends:|| Will Schuester|
|Talent:||Coaching Glee Club|
|Awards:||1st Place, Glee Club Nationals Competition, 1993|
|First appearance:||Pilot (uncut version)|
|Last appearance:||Pilot (uncut version)|
|Portrayer:||Jane Galloway Heitz|
Lillian Alder is portrayed by Jane Galloway Heitz.
Lillian Adler was born in 1937. She used to be head of McKinley High's Glee Club. She was the former director of Will Schuester, Bryan Ryan and April Rhodes when they went to high school at McKinley and they were in their "Glee Club" days. She is assumed to have been a great choir director, because the McKinley team won Nationals during her time of coaching the club. She died in 1997 at the age of 60.
In the uncut version of Pilot, Lillian's team performs That's the Way (I Like It)/(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty after giving them an inspiring speech saying "Glee is about opening yourself up to joy".
Her picture is also seen in Journey, where Will takes it off the wall and puts it in a box, before Sue tells him he has another year. It sometimes seems, as if Will attempts to be more like Lillian, using her as a role model. After this, she is only seen in the picture.
She is known as an inspiration to Will, as she trained the 1993 Glee Club in McKinley High to Nationals victory.
Finn is shown looking at Lillian's photo and quote, perhaps looking for inspiration for his first assignment.
When Sue is cleaning out the choir room with the help of the Cheerios, it is shown that she takes down the plaque. Finn then takes it from her, as Sue tells him that she had it re-engraved to say, "I died a slow horrible death, choking on the fluid in my own lungs." It is then shown again, having been restored to its original quote.
After the New Directions regained control of the music room, Lillian's photograph and plaque are back in it's spot.
Lillian was mentioned by Will as he tries to apologize to New Directions for his antics towards them.
- She was featured in the uncut version of the Pilot episode.
- That photo of her is always seen hanging on the wall in the choir room.
By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy.
—Lillian Adler, Seen on a Plaque in Pilot