His early days and his unlikely rise to stardom. Lucky indeed.
His memories of the movies I loved as a child, especially Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (he hated it)
Burt, the chimneysweep, is a close second to Rob Petrie.
Many, but his meetings and friendships with the old silent comedians, Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton.
I have always enjoyed watching the movies and television work of this extraordinarily talented man. I was too young to enjoy his television years but at the age of seven I remember being absolutely riveted by the movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
By the time the movie was released in the UK we knew every word to every song in the film because my father bought the record album for my brother and I to listed to - and did we ever. I still remember most of the songs now. It was a magical day when we actually joined the huge lines at our local cinema and to enjoy something this special.
I am sure that many will disagree, but I felt let down when Mr. Van Dyke talked as if the movie had been a disappointment in its finished product. He voiced that there were a lot of things that he was not happy with or did not go as he would have liked; and if this is how he feels then he is right to publish this view.
However, I remember this film being an absolute blockbuster which he presumably benefitted financially and a career point of view. In fact I am sure he is still collecting royalty checks from the repeats of the film and theater production.
He gave very little details of where he felt the movie had not gone as planned which would have been interesting to hear (although I do remember him saying that the seaside scenes had to be filmed in the South of France because of the poor British weather! What a shocker).
But I really felt let down as a fan of the movie in that he seemed to show no appreciation or awareness of the pleasure it gave children then and is still doing now. If things didn't go to plan, then of course that is extremely relevant but he brushed passed all this and I got the feeling that it was not a film that he enjoyed making at all.
Okay, I am a 'happy ending' sort of gal but one of my pet hates is when celebrities moan about work that gave them a great deal of fame and money, but also brought something special to the lives of the audience the movie was targeted to.
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I absolutely loved the first half and hated the second life.
If he realized people have different political viewpoints.
His great performance. He really can entertain.
I think Dick leaves a lot out of the story. He skims over much of the story. His parents were distant and his father was an alcoholic and you can see how it impacted his life greatly. But he doesn't tell you how he really feels.
I listened to this on vacation while driving through the North Carolina mountains! You are immediately comforted with the voice of the one and only DIck Van Dyke. This is another story of someone who went through a long time with nothing and lived one day to the next, which you forget in all of the glamour of Hollywood. I must admit that I kept waiting for what I consider to be the two big Dick events, the breakup of his marriage and subsequent long partnership with MIchelle Triola and his alcoholism. Don't make the same mistake! There are plenty of good stories about his television shows, Broadway shows and movies and his marriage as they moved around for his career. I got the book from the library to look at the pictures and he was friends with great ones such as Richard Crenna. I know what Michelle looked like but I would have liked to see her picture in there are as well. This is a multi-generation listen; my mom liked it too!
This book is a fantastic tale that has the potential to be one of the best autobiographies of all time. It may not be salacious, but that doesn't stop it from being incredibly entertaining. It's also a real treat to have it read to you by the incredibly gifted Dick Van Dyke. Very worthwhile for any fan of Van Dyke.
The narration by Dick Van Dyke made this story come alive and you feel the story.
His memories of the Dick Van Dyke show.
Luck is another name for talent.
Dick does glass over the negative parts of his life. As he points out, there is not dirt in this book. Almost everyone is happy and soooooo wonderful.
This is such a fun stroll down memory lane with Dick Van Dyke - truly an American treasure. Covering the brighter side of things, his outlook on life is refreshing and his focus on family values, the evolving entertainment industry and the power of a positive attitude is motivating. This story includes some really interesting detail on the early radio and television production, life in the Los Angeles area prior to the population explosion and traffic, and lots of fun info about fellow actors, dancers, writers, comedians, and even political leaders. Highly recommend for a centering study of how to live and be joyous through shining light into the lives of others. Wish I could give this man a hug.
I'm a huge fan but for me this fell short, in part because he seemed to just gently float on the surface;. It certainly confirmed he's a clean family man with a long career doing stuff his kids could see. It's not that we wanted dirt but it would have been nice if he dug a bit deeper into his own psyche and heart. In one extraordinary story that he just skimmed over he was having dinner with a member of the Black Panthers when his house is suddenly surrounded by police. But then he just moves on, no real details as to how everyone felt, how he handled it what was discussed before or after. The whole book felt like little moments but no attempt to get at the heart of a life so full of amazing experiences.