Judy Greer Scores Big Advance for First Book (Exclusive)

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Actres Judy Greer has a scene-stealing role in Alexander Payne's The Descendants, currently in theaters.

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Doubleday is set to announce that it has acquired I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star, the debut story collection by actress Judy Greer (The Descendants, Californication), The Hollywood Reporter has learned. 

The Random House imprint acquired the book in a pre-empt.

Financial terms are not expected to be disclosed, but sources with knowledge of the deal tell THR that Greer netted an advance of nearly $1 million.  

Publication is scheduled for 2014.

The book will include humorous essays with titles like “Celebrities I’ve Peed Next To,” “I’m Not America’s Sweetheart, I’m America’s Best Friend" and “Bad Oscar!” that chronicle Greer's life from her childhood in the Midwest to her success as an actress in such films and TV shows as Two and a Half Men and 27 Dresses.

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“So this is me, just trying, in book form, to introduce myself,” Greer said in a statement.  

“This is who I am. This is what I think about things. This is stuff that happened to me, that could have just as easily have happened to you. I think I am really lucky to be where I am in life, but I've never really lost that feeling that I don't fit in, and if you have, will you please email me and tell me how you did it? I'm serious.”

Added Random House Editor-at-Large Christina Malach, who acquired the book: "We've known for years what a wonderful actor Judy is, but ... it's rare to find a first book that has this kind of humor, insight and, most of all, a relatable and endearing voice.”

The book deal comes amid a busy year for Greer, who has appeared in every medium from theater to film to the web.

She just wrapped production on the remake of Carrie and is reprising her role as Kitty Sanchez for Netflix's revival of the cult TV hit Arrested Development, which will debut on the streaming service in the spring.

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In November, she made her Broadway debut in Dead Accounts, alongside Katie Holmes.

In addition, Greer continues to do the voice of Cheryl on FX's Archer and host the Yahoo lifestyle web series Reluctantly Healthy.

CAA represented Greer on the book deal. She is also represented by PYE and lawyer Eric Suddleson.

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