Jane Lynch's Autobiography Reveals She Used Cough Syrup to Get High
The Glee Emmy Winner Says She Replaced Beer With Cough Syrup Before Realizing She Had a Problem With Alcohol
She's happily married and at the top of her game in her career these days, but Emmy-winning Glee star Jane Lynch reveals in her upcoming autobiography that her happiness was hard won, after bouts with beer and cough syrup abuse led her to declare herself an alcoholic.
The New York Post reports that, in her Sept. autobiography Happy Accidents, from Hyperion Voice, Lynch says she was so unhappy at one point in the early 1990s that she gave up beer, but replaced it with nightly doses of NyQuil to sooth herself.
Lynch says the habit kicked in after she moved from Chicago to New York to star in The Real Live Brady Bunch, a stage show spoofing the Bunch.
"(The show) ran for 10 months at the Village Gate, and I was miserable the whole time," Lynch writes of the show, which featured her as mom Carol Brady and which also starred Andy Richter. "I’d close the drapes of my tiny room, take a swig of NyQuil, toast with a simple 'Bye-bye,' and go into a deep sleep."
“I found myself eating about a gallon of chocolate ice cream daily to replace the copious amounts of sugar my body was used to from my daily beer intake,” she writes in the book, which hits stores on Sept. 13. "I did, however, continue my habit of taking NyQuil before bed. Though no longer drinking Miller Lite, I was still in need of something to soothe me. The fact that NyQuil had alcohol in it was not something I acknowledged at all. I still considered myself on the wagon."
In fact, it was only after a night spent smoking weed with her Brady castmates that Lynch admitted that her habits necessitated a trip to Alcoholics Anonymous, she says.
"I smoked myself into oblivion that night,” she writes in Happy Accidents. “I still felt like crap and even lonelier than I had felt before."
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The book, which includes a forward by one of Lynch's comedy idols, Carol Burnett, will be released the week of the Sept. 18 Emmy Awards, which will not only be hosted by Lynch, but also finds her once again in competition for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy that she won last year.
Happy Accidents also includes scoop on Lynch's relationship with wife Lara Embry, who she married in May 2010.
"I was immediately smitten," Lynch writes of meeting her future spouse. "I was all the way in, and yes, I had only known her a minute."