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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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
What a waste of a day of reading. To thin...more
Lately, it seems that many of TV and...more
It might help that Jane Lynch went through a lot of her life as a normal working actress before catapulting to household name status in her late 40s. This means that she is far enough along on her personal...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
Jane however did not give up and as her book is titles, by a series of Happy Accidents, her dreams eventually did come true. Jane's story however is not without hardships. Jane suffered from anxiety and a lack of self-worth. She felt unsure of...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
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
In the first part of the book, she talks about her drive to become an actor and the insecurities that dogged her and drove her to drink. She also talks with fondness and heartbreaking honesty about her closest relationships with friends and family. I...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 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
I admire Jane's determination so much. I'm glad she wrote this book because I got a...more
I love to read, but I've recently rediscovered audible and the luxury it provides me to be able to "read" a book while working throughout the day. And it's much safer to "read" an audiobook while driving than reading an actual book while driving. Although I have performed the later with great ease and skill at much protest to my friends and family.
Back to the book. You simply MUST have Jane read it to you. It's a book about...more
Having Jane read the book herself made me feel as though she were in the car with me, sitting in the passenge...more
On the surface, Jane h...more
Why Did I Give This Book 4/5 Stars: Jane Lynch is an honest woman, and a hilarious comic. While her story was touching and easy to relate to, it was sometimes hard to see the humor in it. Don't get me wrong though, I truly enjoyed this...more