In the summer of 1974, a fourteen-year-old girl in Illinois had 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 the Hollywood casting directors she wrote to replied that "professional training was a requirement." 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 escaped in positive ways - such as joining a high school chorus not unlike the one in Glee - but also found destructive outlets like alcohol. She developed a mean and judgmental streak that turned her into a real-life 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, she got roles in Best in Show and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and two lucky accidents occured 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 abruptly got canceled, making it possible for her to take the role of Sue Sylvester in Glee, which made her a megastar.
Today, Jane Lynch has finally found the contentment she thought she'd never have. Part comic memoir and part inspirational narrative, this is a book equally for the rabid Glee fan and for anyone who needs a new perspective on life, love, and success. Also check out all the Glee books, dvds and cds.
Paperback, 224 Pages, Orig. Publ. 2011, This Ed. Publ. 2012