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Happy Accidents: A Memoir Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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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.
"Happy Accidents" is, as presented, a memoir of Lynch's life and I was drawn to it particularly because of her struggles with sexual identity and alcoholism. The book has a breezy style and her narrative seems to move as fast as the actor herself...often charging ahead. While she does tell us about her youth...her parents and her siblings figure into the story a good deal...it's after she leaves the nest that things really pick up. What I found most compelling about Jane Lynch was her sense of worry about things and how so many friends helped her along the way to "let things go". A psychiatrist friend aided her in coming out to her family but Lynch really seems to have found the inner strength, herself, to keep sober for so long. And to top it off, finding a woman to whom she is now happily married.
It may sound funny to call her a "rising star" at the age of fifty-one, but she has really hit her stride in the past few years and I think she's terrific. "Happy Accidents" is a quick read with shared pain but with much humor as well. Even if you don't know much about Jane Lynch, this is a good way to get to know her.
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Jane's story makes the struggle for any career goal worth it. She truly is an inspiration to us all! Thanks!Published 3 months ago by Andrew S. Lucko
Moved very fast and contained a lot of quirky stories I had never heard before! A wonderful story of a woman discovering her sexuality in an age of mystery. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steven Krage
You could almost hear Jane Lynch's voice in the narration. If you are looking for a book on survival this is it.Published 6 months 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 7 months ago by M. Herrera
Expected this to be funny...along the lines of Tina's Bossypants. It wasn't.Published 7 months ago by M&O2424