Happy Accidents

Happy Accidents

Book - 2011
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In the summer of 1974, a fourteen-year-old girl in Dolton, Illinois, had a dream. A dream to become an actress, like her idols Ron Howard and Vicki Lawrence. But it was a long way from the South Side of Chicago to Hollywood, and it didn't help that she'd recently dropped out of the school play, The Ugly Duckling . Or that the Hollywood casting directors she wrote to replied that "professional training was a requirement."

But the funny thing is, it all came true. Through a series of happy accidents, Jane Lynch created an improbable--and hilarious--path to success. In those early years, despite her dreams, she was also consumed with anxiety, feeling out of place in both her body and her family. To deal with her worries about her sexuality, she escaped in positive ways--such as joining a high school chorus not unlike the one in Glee-- but also found destructive outlets. She started drinking almost every night her freshman year of high school and developed a mean and judgmental streak that turned her into a real-life Sue Sylvester.

Then, at thirty-one, she started to get her life together. She was finally able to embrace her sexuality, come out to her parents, and quit drinking for good. Soon after, a Frosted Flakes commercial and a chance meeting in a coffee shop led to a role in the Christopher Guest movie Best in Show, which helped her get cast in The 40-Year-Old Virgin . Similar coincidences and chance meetings led to roles in movies starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and even Meryl Streep in 2009's Julie & Julia . Then, of course, came the two lucky accidents that truly changed her life. Getting lost in a hotel led to an introduction to her future wife, Lara. Then, a series she'd signed up for abruptly got canceled, making it possible for her to take the role of Sue Sylvester in Glee , which made her a megastar.

Today, Jane Lynch has finally found the contentment she thought she'd never have. Part comic memoir and part inspirational narrative, this is a book equally for the rabid Glee fan and for anyone who needs a new perspective on life, love, and success.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2011.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781401341763
Branch Call Number: 792.028 LYNCH J
Characteristics: xi, 304 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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Apr 06, 2012

A terrific story of a very determined midwesten girl who worked very hard to make her dreams come true.

She was once a drunk but a cheerful and funny drunk. Her preHollywood actor's life is quite fascinating and often laugh-out-loud funny. Last portion thanking Everyone bogs down but otherwise worth it.

KevinScottCollins Feb 19, 2012

Very funny memoir. Gives you a sense of "I can do it" while you're reading.

wilstyles Sep 27, 2011

This was a sweet memoir. I really like Jane Lynch and it was interesting to read about her childhood, battle with addiction, coming out and all the happy little accidents that led her down her career path. She's someone I'd like to hang out with.


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