Happy Accidents

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HarperCollins Publishers, Sep 15, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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The hilarious and inspiring story of how Jane Lynch changed from a real-life Sue Sylvester to the happy and fulfilled actress she is today.

In 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.

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 someone similar to her on-screen nemesis, 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 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 was abruptly cancelled, 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 a story of real-life luck, this is a book equally for the rabid Glee fan and for anyone who needs a new perspective on life, love, and success.

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User Review  - Anna Katterjohn - Book Verdict

Tina Fey and Lynch have written particularly different books, despite both being fabulous comedic actors, with cultlike followings, who came out of Chicago's Second City. Although Fey's Bossypants is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michele Connolly - Goodreads

I enjoyed Lynch's writing about her struggles with alcohol and with gay-self-acceptance ('Oh my god, I thought, that's what I have.') But I especially loved her recounting of her drive to express her ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Jane Lynch is a Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress. She has starred alongside Meryl Streep, Will Ferrell and Steve Carrell and is best known for her portrayal of the catty Sue Sylvester in the ultimate television success story of recent years, Glee.

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