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Happy Accidents: A Memoir Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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About the Author
Lisa Dickey, a long-time friend of the author, is the co-writer of New York Times bestsellers by Patrick Swayze, Euna Lee, and Cathie Black. She also lives in Los Angeles.
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Lynch is famous for her work with ensemble comedies, Christopher Guest films (Best in Show), Second City Chicago, playing a therapist on Two and a Half Men, her recent marriage to a female physician/scientist, and, of course, GLEE. On GLEE she plays Sue Sylvester, the cheer-leading coach.
The title of this memoir is from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (where Malvolio thinks a fake love letter is for him). But the title, HAPPY ACCIDENTS, is ironic, since Lynch, an Irish Catholic from Dalton, IL, though a follower of astrological horoscopes and rules, does not believe in accidents. Lynch believes in preparation.
Did you know that as a teen, Lynch wrote letters to casting agents in Hollywood. She wanted a role on the BRADY BUNCH. She got devastating rejections (one replied that, "we don't always get what we desire."). But Lynch wanted to be an actress none the less. After deciding to be an actress, she arrived in Chicago and sent out resumes for acting positions. (Did I mention that she dropped out of her first high school acting role during her Freshman year). The only role offer she got was with Second City, an improvisational comedy group. This was something she did not desire, but she ended up thriving at it.
Another happy accident happened. She ran into Christopher Guest at a coffee shop, and landed roles in his films from that chance meeting. She scored a role in Steve Carell's films through Steve's wife. She was only supposed to be a recurring role on GLEE since she was committed to another pilot; but when that pilot failed, she joined GLEE to great success. Lynch shares how she has been sober 20 years, and now has a wife (plus had her wedding announcement in The NYT). This is an enjoyable and entertaining read, and an example of how one should persevere and overcome.
If you aren't a die hard fan, (and maybe even if you are!) don't bother to buy it. Get it from your local library and see for yourself before you spend the money.
Sorry Jane, I still love ya.
I honestly can't pinpoint a single part of the book that I would pull out and mention as a fun fact in a conversation. Nothing really stood out as an interesting part of her life. Jane Lynch calls herself an alcoholic and you expect to read a life altering downward spiral but it was anything but that for her. Her struggle to break into acting was probably no different than what most of hollywood's actors go through either, with lots of theater work and auditions. Falling in love with her wife was much like love at first sight for anyone else who's experienced it themselves.
I'm not disappointed but I was not left with a feeling that I read a book worth recommending to others.
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You could almost hear Jane Lynch's voice in the narration. If you are looking for a book on survival this is it.Published 24 days ago by Amanda Baumann
Jane Lynch is hilarious. She is just SO FUNNY. It's written in 1st person and the stories she shares are pretty great. What a trip. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Herrera
Expected this to be funny...along the lines of Tina's Bossypants. It wasn't.Published 1 month ago by M&O2424
I bought this book because I like Jane Lynch since I saw her in Glee. I've also have seen her Tv showPublished 6 months ago by Kindle CustomerNina Barclay
A really good autobiography. I love that she included tons of photos so that you can see the people and things she references. Her story is pretty amazing! Read morePublished 7 months ago by AJL21
I love everything Jane Lynch is in, and her writing really gets you into her state of mind--before she was an actress to current day.Published 7 months ago by MsAliExplainsAll