Happy Accidents: A Memoir
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...more
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Anyway, I had noticed Jane Lynch in other roles - she was hilarious in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Paul. So, when I stumbled across her autobiography, I was intrigued.
It took me no time at all to read this book. Lynch is certainly an interesting woman and I loved that she told her story very openly and with a lot of humour. I take ...more
I'm really glad I read this book! Out of all the "celebrity memoirs" out there, I must admit that this one has been my favorite so far. I liked how Jane's tone/personality really came through every page from beginning ...more
Reality: The only time I laughed was when she listed her favorite Sue Sylvester quotations.
I was initially bothered by the lack of funny, but I pressed on. Soon, I felt meagerly captivated by Jane's struggles. Though I wasn't 100% enthralled in the beginning, I stuck around because I've always been curious about how one gets to be so successful (which is not without incident, as it happens). I like advice from wise owls, so tha ...more
After some somewhat "meh" biographies, I've hit upon one that really impressed me - not to mention, completely changed my first impression of Jane that I got when I started! I went from cringing at the overdramatic, pretentious teenaged Jane to sympathizing and appreciating her candor and honesty.
Not the funniest book and still not as good as Tina Fey's Bossypants, but Lynch's "Happy Accidents" is an insightful, endearing, brutally honest book that warmed my heart and makes me want ...more
What a waste of a day of reading. To thin ...more
I didn't really expect to enjoy it - but I did. Jane Lynchs memoir was quite sweet in fact. A childhood growing up she always knew she was different, and finally as a teenage was able to realise that she might be a Lesbian, but don't worry the books not all about that.
For years she struggl ...more
Nearly every autobiography of a famous actor (except of course for Shirley Temple's!) has completely disappointed me. It was nice to hear about their lives, it was nice to hear how they got started, what challenges they faced, but ultimately I was totally bored and was left longing for the juicy details about working with other famous actors that they always leave out (presumably for legal reasons.) Come on Jane! Not even a full chapter about working with Christopher Gues ...more
I am not quite sure how this came to be, because despite her life being a series of "happy accidents" Jane seemed to end up more or less where her younger self would have wanted her older self to be. My younger self would probably have been dismayed (but not at all surprised that I managed to screw it all up.)
I enjoyed Jane Lynch's mat ...more
Jane Lynch knew from her teenage years on that she wanted to be an actress. She sent letters to all the agents she could find listed, but they all told her that professional acting experience was needed for her to make it. Her mother, a no-nonsense midwesterner, kept telling her that she could act in plays if she wanted to, but sh ...more
I've long been a Jane Lynch fan, since I first saw her in "Best in Show," and of course who doesn't love Sue Sylvester on "Glee"?
Lynch talks about her growing-up years in a happy suburban Illinois family. She had a reasonably happy childhood, although she never really felt like she fit in with her Catholic, traditional family. She also started drinking at a very early age, with her parents' knowledge. One of the places she felt she really fit in was in ch ...more
I saw that I had been doing this all my life. When I was a kid, my mom was easily an ...more
I know Jane's cousin, Dr. K. Lynch. Dr. Lynch is a recently retired
English teacher of 30 plus years in both the private and public High
School sectors of the Chicago Suburbs. Personally, I'd have to agree with Dr. Lynch that
the reason Jane is where she is today...isn't a happy accident. Jane Lynch worked her butt off for years in the industry and her hard work paid off...period! Kudos to Jane for her years of
hard work and ...more
The only saving grace in the book is Jane's discussion of her coming to terms with her sexual orientation, which raises the book out of the mediocre pile. It's pretty interesting as she struggles against acknowledging that she's gay, then admits ...more