Happy Accidents, Paperback
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Best-known for her role in Glee, this is 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. 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 started drinking almost every night and developed a mean and judgmental streak that turned her into someone similar to 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.

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.

This is a book for the rabid Glee fan and for anyone who needs a new perspective on life, love, and success.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual actors & performers
  • ISBN: 9780007447589



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After putting this book down I thought <i>'this is a life filled with courage &amp; humour, and has been written in such a smart and moving way'.</i> By the end of the first chapter, you already have a good understanding of the life Jane has lived, and oh my, it has been far from boring.<br/><br/>This was recommended, probably too strong a word, to read by my husband who thought that I would enjoy this book. I'm sure all he saw was the Gleek-looking cover with Jane Lynch's character <i>Sue Sylvester</i>. He had me sold! I really enjoyed this book and so grateful it was filled with more than just lesbian jokes, Jane's real life story definitely shines through.<br/><br/>I was left wondering what happened with the relationship between her and Chris? They were soul mates but once Lara and their daughter Haden appears, we don't really hear much of him. If I can remember right, he was married with a child. Did he make an appearance at their wedding? I'm not sure. Perhaps it wasn't a long term relationship but someone that Jane needed in her down times before she really came into her own.<br/><br/>Did you see <u>New Zealand</u> got a mention! I was pleasantly surprised. Jane must know where we are. I wonder if she has been here... Ms Lynch, you should come here! (bottom of pg 294 if you must read it). Maybe this one line will get other Kiwi readers to give this book a go.<br/><br/>This is a definite must for all the <i>Glee</i> fans, those who enjoy about reading successful women, and perhaps the closet lesbians. It took years for Jane to come out to her family, and did so in a letter. Maybe you can find something in Jane Lynch's story to guide you to be open and honest about who you are.<br/><br/><s>4/5 stars from me.</s> Something was holding me back from 5 stars. Couldn't put my finger on it. How can you really judge someone's life, especially as they have told it. scrap that thought. <b>5 stars from me!</b>