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Happy Accidents

Format:  Hardcover,

304 pages

Publisher: Hachette Books

Publish Date: Sep 2011

ISBN-13: 9781401341763

ISBN-10: 1401341764

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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: Hachette Books
Publish Date: Sep 2011
ISBN-13: 9781401341763
ISBN-10: 1401341764
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 10.0 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Forewordp. ix
Pontificalp. 1
Grand Delusionsp. 19
Refugep. 39
Normalp. 57
The Call of Comedyp. 77
Compulsionp. 101
Angry Ladyp. 129
Walk Like a Manp. 153
Canyon Ladyp. 177
Jobberp. 205
The Dangers of Flatteryp. 227
Perfectp. 245
Feastp. 273
Epiloguep. 301
Acknowledgmentsp. 303


Review by Library Journal (2011-12-01)

Although Lynch remembers her life as a series of happy accidents, the listener is soon aware that the actress has been focused and hard-working in her long career. She worked in the theater and on a TV shopping channel and acted in commercials, movies (like the hilarious Best in Show), and many small TV roles. At nearly 50, she landed a sensational part in the Fox channel hit Glee-the role that made her an award-winning star.

Along the way, she faced some hard personal issues and emerged confident in her achievements with a skyrocketing career and a wonderful family. Lynch is an experienced voice over performer and great reader of her own story. This audiobook is recommended for public libraries with collections in popular culture and gender studies.

["Those who give her a chance may find a kindred spirit and be inspired by her personal awareness", read the review of the New York Times best-selling Voice Ac, LJ Xpress Reviews, 7/8/11.-Ed.] - Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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