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Characters By Chapter
EDITOR:
Christina Hale
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   Introduction
 Dolly GallagherLeviThe first character Lauren played in Hello, dolly.
   Fast Forward
 LaurenGrahamNarrator. Actress, writer.
 Sato-San Lauren's therapist in Japan.
 Dad Lauren's father.
 Mike Groovy guy in Lauren's school.
 McGovern President in Lauren's class. Lauren's classmate.
 Nixon Lauren's classmate.
 VirginiaRowanLauren's friend.
 KathrynDonnellyLauren'sfriend.
 JoyceAntonioLauren's friend.
   Southern Methodist University - Lauren's school.
 BobHopeThe man who pays actors to become actors.
   Sweet Equity
 CecilO'NealLauren's acting teacher.
   Star Search - A competitor of American Idol.
   Actor's Equity - A theater union.
 WynnHandmanLauren's acting teacher.
   The Shed - Bar near the theater.
 BrianNelsonLauren's acting teacher in high school.
   You Can't Be Vegan Just for Ellen
 MattLauerToday Show host.
 Ruth BaderGinsburgSupreme court justice.
 HillaryClintonPresidential candidate.
 Jennifer E.SmithLauren's editor. aka: Jen.
 MichelleLovittLauren's trainer and friend.
 Natalie From the Today Show.
 KimKardashianActress.
 EllenDegeneresLauren's friend.
 Portia Ellen's wife.
 Oprah TV show host.
 KathieLeeFrom the Today Show.
 Hoda From the Today Show.
   There is only One Betty White
 BettyWhiteActress.
 MerylStreepActress.
 DianeKeatonActress.
 CarrieFisherActress and writer.
 GoldieHawnActress.
 LorelaiGilmoreA character played by Lauren in the show Gilmore Girls.
 ChristopherReeveLauren's colleague.
   What It Was Like, pt. I
 AlexisBledelLauren's co-actor and friend.
 Amy ShermanPalladinoGilmore Girls series creator.
 DanPalladinoGilmore Girls executive producer.
 GavinePoloneProducer.
 ScottPattersonActor.
 KellyBishopActress.
 EdHermannActor.
 MelissaMcCarthyActress.
 DavidSutcliffeActor.
 YanicTruesdaleScriptwriter.
 SallySthruterLauren's workmate.
 LizTorresLauren's workmate.
 SeanGunnLauren's workmate.
 Tim Lauren's cousin.
 JohnHammLauren's acquaintance.
 BillyBurkeLauren's friend.
 AdamBrodyActor.
 MaggieGrahamLauren's sister.
 GeorgeBellLauren's dialogue coach.
 MiloVentimigliaActor.
 JaredPadaleckiActor.
 ChristopherEigemanLauren's New York-based friend.
 MattCzuchryActor.
 David LeeRothLead singer of Van Halen.
 Lee ShallatChemelLauren's director.
   Before My REI Card
 PeterKrauseLauren's partner. Actor. Parenthood co-star.
 SamPancakeLauren's dear best friend.
 MatthewPerryLauren's friend whom she almost-but-never-exactly dated.
 GeorgeClooneyActor.
 RyanSeacrestTV show host.
 Savannah From the Today Show.
 Tad Everyone who works at REI.
 CharlesSchulzCartoonist.
 OliverPlattLauren's friend.
   Labor Days
 LarryOwenPeter's college professor.
 AaronSorkinWriter.
 DaveAttellComedian.
 RayRomanoComedian.
 Maria Lauren's friend.
 Joe Lauren's former boss.
 StevenSpielbergDirector.
   Judge Not, Lest Ye Be a Judge on Project Runway
 ZacPosenFashion designer.
 CateBlanchettActress.
 AnnaWintourJournalist.
 GigiHadidModel.
 Karen Lauren's stepmother.
 Shade Lauren's sister.
 Chris Lauren's brother.
 BethanyFrankelTelevision personality.
 PatFieldSex and the City stylist.
 MichaelKorsDesigner.
 NinaGarciaFashion designer.
 HeidiKlumSupermodel. Host of Project Runway.
 TimGunnFashion consultant.
 Heather Lauren's cousin.
 Adam Lauren's lawyer.
 Grover Seasame Street character.
   Someday, Someday, Maybe
 JamesPattersonAuthor.
 ChrisTebbetsAuthor.
 Kathy Lauren's best friend from college.
 FrannyBanksLead character in Lauren's novel.
 Jane Franny's best friend.
 JamesFranklinThe bad boy Franny falls for.
 BarneySparksFranny's first agent.
 EstherNewbergLauren's book agent.
 Tamryn From the Today Show.
 Willie From the Today Show.
 Carson From the Today Show.
 Jenna From the Today Show.
 Al From the Today Show.
 EddieMurphyActor.
 NickNolteActor.
 BruceWillisActor.
 SamJacksonActor.
 AnnaQuindlenOne of Lauren's favorite authors.
 RonHowardLauren's former boss.
 TomHanksActor.
 JeffKleemanEllen's producing partner.
 MaeWhitmanLauren's producing partner.
 TerryPressHead of CBS films.
   Kitchen Timer
 SarahDessenAuthor.
 DanBucantinskyScreenwriter. Plays Jim Nelson.
 DonRoosCo-creator of Web Therapy.
   Kitchen Timer - technique for writers created by Don Roos.
   Parenthood is the Best Neighborhood
 JasonKatimsLauren's boss.
 LarryTrillingOne of the executive producers of Parenthood.
   Look Up
 Old LadyJacksonA character Lauren made up who gave advice.
 Marion Old Lady Jackson's neighbor.
   What It Was Like, pt. II
 Brenda Gilmore Girls costume designer.
 Cesha Lauren's Gilmore Girls on-set dresser.
 George Gilmore Girls dialogue coach.
 Eddy Lauren's agent.
 AnneMorganLauren's hair stylist.
 JonathanHanousekAnne'e sub-hairstylist.
 Gary Lauren's assistant for 10 years during the old Gilmore Girls.
 Rick Lauren's brother-in-law.
 TaniaMcComasLauren's makeup artist.
 Marguerite Choreographer.
 Ben Melissa's husband.
 Mindy The person Mae pretended to be. aka: Lauren's assistant.
 Mike The props man.
 JohnCarrabinoLauren's manager.
 
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